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What Is A Contender Peach – Tips For Growing Contender Peaches

What Is A Contender Peach – Tips For Growing Contender Peaches


By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

What is a Contender peach tree? Why should I consider growing Contender peaches? This disease-resistant peach tree produces generous crops of medium to large, sweet, juicy freestone peaches. Have we piqued your curiosity? Read on and learn how to grow Contender peaches.

Contender Peach Facts

Contender peach trees are cold hardy and tolerant of sub-zero temperatures. Although Contender peaches grow in a wide diversity of climates, they are especially prized by northern gardeners. Contender peach trees were developed at North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station in 1987. They are favored by home gardeners, not only for the quality of the fruit, but for the masses of pink blooms in springtime.

Growing Contender peaches is easy, and the tree’s mature height of 10 to 15 feet (3-5 m.) simplifies pruning, spraying and harvesting.

How to Grow Contender Peaches

Contender peach trees are self-pollinating. However, a pollinator in close proximity may result in a larger crop. Plant the trees where they receive at least six to eight hours of full sunlight per day. Allow 12 to 15 feet (4-5 m.) between trees.

Avoid locations with heavy clay, as Contender peach trees require well-drained soil. Similarly, peach trees tend to struggle in fast-draining sandy soil. Before planting, amend the soil with generous amounts of dry leaves, grass clippings or compost.

Once established, Contender peaches generally don’t need supplemental irrigation if you receive an average of about an inch (2.5 cm.) or more of water per week. However, it’s a good idea to give the tree a thorough soaking every seven to 10 days during dry periods.

Fertilize Contender peach trees when the tree begins bearing fruit, generally after two to four years. Feed the peach trees in early spring, using a peach tree or orchard fertilizer. Never fertilize Contender peach trees after July 1.

Pruning should be done when the tree is dormant; otherwise, you may weaken the tree. You can remove suckers during the summer, but avoid pruning during that time.

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A beautiful fruit tree, bearing juicy golden freestone peaches that are flushed with red showy pink flowers in spring on a low, spreading habit susceptible to late spring freezes and disease, needs full sun and well-drained soil

Contender Peach is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces gold round fruit (technically 'drupes') with a scarlet blush and yellow flesh which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Contender Peach is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers with burgundy calyces along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy gold drupes with a scarlet blush, which are carried in abundance in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration

  • Messy
  • Insects
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Contender Peach is sutiable for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Contender Peach will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


Contender Peach Facts: How To Grow Contender Peaches At Home - garden

A beautiful fruit tree, bearing juicy golden freestone peaches that are flushed with red showy pink flowers in spring on a low, spreading habit susceptible to late spring freezes and disease, needs full sun and well-drained soil

Contender Peach is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces gold round fruit (technically 'drupes') with a scarlet blush and yellow flesh which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Contender Peach is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers with burgundy calyces along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy gold drupes with a scarlet blush, which are carried in abundance in mid summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration

  • Messy
  • Insects
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Contender Peach is sutiable for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Contender Peach will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. While it is considered to be somewhat self-pollinating, it tends to set heavier quantities of fruit with a different variety of the same species growing nearby.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

This plant is not always hardy in this region. Speak with Sargent's sales staff to learn more and discover if it's worth the risk, based on experience.


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