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Peach 'Rich Lady'

Prunus persica 'Rich Lady'

Rich Lady peaches produce fruit with a single stone. Rich Lady is red with yellow flesh. Due to this cultivar having very high colour before maturity, fruit can often be picked immature. Special attention should be given to ensure the ground colour has changed from green to golden and the fruit is filled out and resulting in a smooth skin. This peach was remarkable when introduced and still one of the best in its season. Flavour and flesh firmness and colour are excellent.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Trees blossom during the first weeks of Spring(September). Harvesting starts during mid Summer(early January).

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time - Spring; Sowing depth about 3cm; Germination time in 1-3 months after cold stratification. Seeds do not breed true to type and need to be grafted or budded.
Cuttings
Graft or bud the cultivars onto the desired rootstock.

Special features

Attractive flowers
The blossoms appearing before the leaves makes a beautiful display of pink.

Geography

Origin
Zaiger genetics, USA
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Fruit is used fresh, juiced and preserved. Peaches are rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It has a high carotene and flavonoid content and even the leaves were used in medicine and for washes.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
Mild

Problems

Peaches struggle with curly leaf. Spray the trees when they are dormant with lime sulfur and when the blossoms start with a copper spray before rainy weather. Keep on doing this weekly until all the leaves are out or the tree is in 50% flower. Some susceptibility to bacterial spotting.
Mediterranean fruit fly
Mediterranean fruit fly
Ceratitis capitata

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