Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Monday, May 7, 2012
When I saw fewer blooms than last year on the peach tree in February I wondered if it had received enough chill hours this mild winter to produce any fruit.
In the correct order of things the beginnings of those tiny fuzzy orbs started popping out from the blossoms.
I've been keeping a close eye on them to observe their progress ever since.
There were many more to start with but several dropped off as they matured.
Can you see the unassuming peach tree in the center of the photo (above)~~ it lives in between the ornamentals in the northside berm.
Definitely lacking in abundance but not in cuteness. The fruit that has determined to hang on is healthy and might pretty!
Peaches don't ripen after picked so it's important to leave the fruit on the tree as long as possible. Believe me, I wanted to pick them before the critters noticed them.
It's a good thing I startled a blue jay that was quickly devouring the soft flesh of this peach.
He was my cue to go ahead and pick them off the tree. There was only about 22 on the entire tree. But I'll take 2 ... or 22.
Tropic Snow Peach is a freestone variety that requires about 200 chill hours (below 45F) making it suitable for central Florida. It is self-pollinating and a sweet, low acid white flesh peach.