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Prunus persica 'O'Henry'
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- » O'Henry Peach is one of the most popular peaches for western backyard orchards.
Grandpa's Choice™ O'Henry is a brightly colored, large peach with only a slight fuzz. The flesh is yellow, sweet and juicy with a little red streaking. The fruit is large, bright red, very firm and will keep well. The tree is productive and moderately vigorous. It is well suited to western areas, where it has been very popular. O'Henry ripens late in the season between J.H. Hale and Rio Osa Gem.
O'Henry was introduced from California around 1968. It was bred by Grant Merrill and is believed to be an open pollinated seedling of Merrill Bonaza, maybe crossed with a nectarine.
Almost all peaches are self-fertile and require no pollinators. They will set heavy crops on single trees, which need heavy and aggressive thinning early in the season for best fruit size. Maintain good vigor in peaches by pruning every year, and fertilizing moderately. Aim for 1-3 feet of new growth a year. Fertilize early in the season, so that growth is well hardened off before fall and winter cold weather.