Messina Peach Care: Growing Messina Peaches

Messina Peach Care: Growing Messina Peaches

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By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Large peaches with a striking red blush, Messina yellow peaches are sweet and juicy. This low-fuzz fruit is delicious eaten straight off the tree, but the firmness of this peach makes it an excellent choice for freezing. USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 8 are ideal for this vigorous, productive tree because, like all peach trees, Messina requires a chilling period during the winter. Read on and learn more about Messina yellow peaches.

Messina Peach Information

Messina peaches were introduced by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. Messina peach trees have earned good reviews for a vigorous growth habit and low susceptibility to bacterial leaf spot.

Look for Messina peaches to ripen between mid-July and mid-August, depending on climate.

Messina Peach Care

Messina trees are self-pollinating. However, a pollinator in close proximity may result in a larger crop. Choose a variety that, like Messina peach, blooms relatively early.

Plant this peach tree where it will receive at least six to eight hours of full sunlight per day.

Avoid locations with heavy clay, as growing Messina peaches require well-drained soil. Peach trees may also struggle in sandy, fast-draining conditions. Before planting, amend the soil with generous amounts of well-rotted manure, dry leaves, grass clippings or compost. Don’t add fertilizer to the planting hole.

Once established, Messina peach trees generally don’t need much supplemental irrigation if you receive regular rainfall. If weather is hot and dry, give the tree a thorough soaking every 7 to 10 days.

Fertilize Messina when the tree begins bearing fruit. Until that time, well-rotted manure or compost is sufficient unless your soil is very poor. Feed the peach trees in early spring using a peach tree or orchard fertilizer. Never fertilize peach trees after July 1, as a flush of new growth is susceptible to winter freezes.

Pruning Messina peach trees is most effective when the tree is dormant; otherwise, you may weaken the tree. However, you can trim lightly during the summer to tidy up the tree. Remove suckers as they appear, as they draw moisture and nutrients from the tree.

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Messina ® Peaches

Messina ® peaches are very large, highly colored, with excellent firmness and fruit quality. The trees are very vigorous, productive and resistant to bacterial spot. This variety is receiving very high marks by growers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region

Key Features:

  • Late yellow peach (+28)
  • Attractive color
  • Large fruit size
  • Excellent quality and firmness
  • Good tolerance to bacterial spot and constriction canker

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About the Belle of Georgia

As its namesake suggests, this peach is prized for its attractive shape, profuse pink blossoms and large freestone peaches. The fruit has a white flesh with a creamy, white skin that blushes a brilliant red in late summer, describes The tree reaches from 18 to 25 feet and puts on a fall display when the leaves flush yellow. The fruit is versatile, excellent for fresh eating, baking or canning. Peaches, and their cousins nectarines, are self-fertile, meaning that you need only one tree to set fruit, according to Ohio State University.

While some nurseries label this peach as “easy to grow,” including Grandpa’s Orchard, all peaches are susceptible to pests and diseases, according to Ohio State University. They also can be damaged in too-cold temperatures – both the buds and flowers can be killed by cold temperatures. You can mitigate these issues by selecting a cultivar that is both cold hardy and disease-resistant. Luckily, Ohio State identifies ‘Belle of Georgia’ as cold-hardy, but pests and disease are a thornier problem.

Dwarf peach trees are often grown in containers. These potted beauties make excellent patio or deck plants. Just make sure the container has holes in the base for good drainage, and before you plant the tree, cut away any roots that circle round the root ball so that they don't become girdled. Place the tree in the new container and surround it with rich, sandy soil, keeping the tree at the same level as it was in the grower's pot.

After planting, add water until it flows freely out of the bottom of the pot. Place the pot in a sunny spot on your patio and enjoy, but enjoy with caution: The leaves, twigs and stems are all poisonous and can be fatal if eaten.

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