Q. When can I transplant my peach tree, in fall or spring?
Transplanting a peach tree in the northeast, zone 7, is best done when the leaves are off the tree and the ground is workable (about March 15 in the NYC area). Peaches are called stone fruits because they have hard pits or stony seeds. Other stone fruits are plums, cherries and apricots. Peaches are the least winter-hardy stone fruit trees--flower buds are often killed by winter temperatures below -15°F, and entire trees can be killed below -25°F.
The best sites for peach trees are upland gravelly or sandy loams. Peach trees require ample soil nitrogen and water during the growing season. It is essential to keep them growing vigorously because most of their fruit is produced in lateral buds on one-year-old shoots. During the month prior to harvest time, water is also important to develop adequate fruit size.
Check out the Cornell factsheet for more information.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service