Georgia Peach Crop Skimpy

first_img“Absolutely not,” Ferree said. “Peaches are super-sensitive tooverwatering. That has been our greatest challenge in growing these in containers. Itwouldn’t work for most homeowners.” “Are those peaches real?” asked a Nebraska visitor to the Showcase ofSouthern Agriculture in Centennial Olympic Park.”Absolutely,” answered Butch Ferree, a peach specialist with the Universityof Georgia Extension Service.”People are so surprised at the size of the peaches because most think the entirecrop was wiped out by the cold weather we had in March,” Ferree said.More than 10,000 visitors a day passed through the exhibit. They saw not only peachesbut other Georgia crops: Vidalia onions, peanuts, pecans, apples, tobacco, forestry andornamentals.But it was a basket of peaches under the peach trees that kept them asking, “Can Ihave one of those?””The peach season for this year is just about over,” Ferree said. “We’llhave peaches at some farm markets probably for the next month. I feel like a high estimatewas about 3 or 4 percent of the crop was saved. We were decimated.”But what Olympic Park visitors see are premier peaches — crop or no crop.”We had several varieties on display in the Park,” Ferree said. “We hadRedglobe, Summergold, Dixieland and Flameprince” (no relation to the Olympic flame).Having trees in Centennial Olympic Park was no easy feat. Ferree had pampered themsince January for their chance to show the world what a Georgia peach tree looks and feelslike.”We dug these trees out of an orchard with a tree spade in January,” Ferreesaid. “We mixed orchard soil with pine bark 50-50 to fill in around the rootball.”The trees were then planted in 3-feet-by-3-feet-by-18-inch plywood containers. Theywere transplanted to the park in the container and placed in a raised bed of peanut-shellmulch.”It took some help from above, a few bumps along the road, some close scrutiny anda lot of lucky guesses to get them here,” Ferree said. “They look prettydecent.”Could a homeowner use this method for growing a peach tree?last_img

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