My semi-dwarf peach tree died last year and I want to put
another fruit tree in the same spot.
I think it might be a mistake to put another peach there, in
case there's some disease peculiar to peaches still present in
I need something self-pollinating as I don't have room for 2.
Right now I'm considering a prune plum. Anyone got any
BTW, I'm in zone 5 in eastern WA, and in an apple maggot control
You did not say the age of your peach tree. Semi-dwarf peach trees don't have
a long lifetime, probably less than 12 years. If your tree
died rather quickly, say in one season, chances are that it was a pest or
some disease that killed it. If it slowly deteriorated over several seasons,
that would indicate it went from old age. If you suspect a quick
die-off, try and pin down what killed the tree. Did the leaves curl up, etc.,
and try and identify the problem. Certain stone fruit trees are known for their
resistance to disease and/or pests. You will have to do
some research to find them. If you choose plums, I have a European Plum
(Stanley) which is quite hardy, and I am also in zone 5. Almost all the
European Plums are self-fertile. If you determine the cause of the peach
tree dying, you can make a better decision on what to replace it with. I
would not rule out another peach tree like Reliance or Raritan Rose, both
of which are winter hardy (both tree and buds). To fight diseases, I would
recommend a good spray schedule, or try to find a resistant peach.
Larry Blanchard wrote:
old. So it probably did die of old age.
That assumed, I think I'll plant another one. Sure are good
peaches. That is, what the birds, squirrels, skunks, and
raccoons leave for us.
Thanks for the info - I never though of plain old age. I guess
I thought trees lived forever, although I do remember that
Lombardy poplars are fairly short-lived. But that's not a tree,
it's a weed :-).
I have some wooden bowls that were turned from apple wood from a
hundred year old orchard that went for a housing development.
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