This N.C. Cooperative Extension website covers peach production from preplant considerations to harvest and storage. It details training and pruning and describes common disease and pest problems.
Growing Peaches in North Carolina
This publication addresses the disease complex known as peach tree short life (PTSL). The 10-point program for PTSL is an important strategy for peach growers in sandy soils, most common in the Southeastern part of the state.
Potential Peach Varieties for North Carolina (PDF)
A listing of more that 50 cultivars that are suitable for production in North Carolina. Details about each cultivar include flesh color, chilling requirement, harvest date and other notables including size, shape or susecptibility or resistance to disease.
Training and Pruning Fruit Trees (PDF)
Training and pruning is important to help trees develop proper shape and form. This publication from N.C. State University describes and illustrates four training systems and the various types of pruning cuts.
Southeastern Peach Growers’ Handbook
This 300-page reference guide published by the University of Georgia (availabe free online) offers comprehensive information about peach production and pest management for the southeastern United States.
Commercial Nurseries Selling Peach Trees
Clemson University in South Carolina maintains a list of nurseries selling peach trees. Growers should pay careful attention to the rootstock variety for best performance in their soil types and weather conditions. Generally speaking, there are three good rootstocks for North Carolina soils; ’Lovell’ and ‘Halford’ for the Piedmont, and ‘Guardian’ for the Sandhills.
Avoiding Orchard Replant Problems
When a peach orchard is removed, it is frequently necessary to get a new orchard back into production as soon as possible. This publication covers symptoms and causes of problems that may arise in replanted orchards. It is important to recognize the problems to minimize economic losses.