Growing Peach Trees in zone 4


Yes it can be done. It takes a lot of care. I live close to Lake Superior which has a tendency to create a micro climate. Very seldom does it get below 20 degrees below here. I have had some success with the Reliance peach variety. The peaches are a little on the small side. But what a treat!
Plant the tree in the spring. When fall comes around and the ground freezes place a layer of straw for mulch around the tree a couple feet, and about 3 inches deep. In the spring don’t remove the mulch. It will help the tree break dormancy a little late so the blossoms don’t freeze out.
Henry Fields has another Peach Tree out this year that caught my eye. I am going to give it a try. It is also good for zone 4. It is called Contender. I have listed the link below.

Peach Tree, Contender

Peach Tree, Contender

Produces top-quality peaches in the North and South.

Peach Tree, Reliance

Peach Tree, Reliance

Old Reliable Reliance!

6 Comments so far

  1. H. E. Garth Jenkins on January 12th, 2012

    I have grown a few peach trees in P.E.I. for the last seven years, with good results.
    I would like to expand to 30 to 50 trees, they would be located in the eastern part of the province, soil is sandy, area is the longest frost free area on P.E.I..
    Am wondering whar varities would be best to plant?
    Would appreciate any suggestions and help.

  2. admin on February 16th, 2012

    Sorry I took so long to get back to you on this I have been working on some new blogs. If you have found a variety that works stick with them. In the area we live in here we have a number of micro climates and I can get away with growing zone 5 fruit here because I am so close to the Lake Superior. I have tried a couple of varieties and the one have have had the best luck with has been the Reliance Peach. it blossoms late so it usually misses the late frosts in the spring.

    Thanks for the comment I hope this was some help.

  3. John Hust on July 4th, 2013

    Bought old Munising dump just east of Christmas and not more than 500 ft from lake superior across M28-reliance and contender?

  4. admin on July 6th, 2013

    I have had the best luck with Reliance although I have seen the contender growing in places away from the lake I never thought they would grow.
    I had some work done on my property and they recked the peach trees. I just replanted with the Reliance.
    Good Luch-that should be a good area.

  5. Ronnie Safreed on January 16th, 2014

    Just wanted you folk to know that the south is going to become an olive producing area! In Georgia for nearly 20 years they have been experimenting with olive trees that can take the humidity&summer rains there&some trees can grow as far north as Atlanta zone 7! Also southern&southwestern Oregon is experimenting with French&Tuscany type cold-hardy olive trees! Also a very cold-hardy citrus taking temps. down to 10 degrees has folk planting them in zone 8 of the deep-south! However the fruits are smaller/seedier/harder/less sweet/more sour&less production, nevertheless citrus fruit! also cold-hardy avocados being raised in north Florida taking temps. down to 15 degrees though production is low but they are like the Haas&Mexican varietieswith a high fat/oil content good for making guacamole! Cold-hardy banannas&papaya are growing in the deep-south! Carob a chocholate substitute is grown in Texas in zone 9 but it also looks like it can be grown in zone 8 as well!BTW low chill temperate fruits like apples/peaches/nectarines/plums/pears/cherries&temperate nuts pecans/hickory nuts/English walnuts/black walnuts/chestnuts/hazel nuts can be grown in zone9-central Florida&more so in zone 8 in north&panhandle of Florida!!!Pineapples can be grown outside in zones 9&10 however in the subtropics the fruits are smaller /rounder/less juicy/more sour but still pineapple!!1

  6. David on February 12th, 2014

    I live in SD and planted a contender peach tree. This will be it’s 4th year. The 3rd spring after I planted it. Wow did I ever get a crop. But I think I will mulch with 3″ of straw next year after the ground freezes. So it will not come into bloom as early. I had to cull a lot and still had peaches for everyone on the block. But you sure do have to get a handle on pruning the first year you plant. I say peach trees grow like a weed. Not uncommon for 3′ to 4′ of growth a year so you have to keep on top of it. I prune in late Feb. into March.

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