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Prunus persica 'Reliance'
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- » Reliance Peach is one of the most cold hardy peaches. Good for tough peach growing areas.
Grandpa's Choice™ Reliance peach is a medium sized fruit that is dark red splashed over a yellow background. This freestone peach is good for canning, freezing and fresh use. The tree is vigorous, fast growing, and has showy, bright pink blossoms. It is one of the most hardy peaches and can be grown in areas where most varieties are marginal.
Devoloped by Professor Meader at the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in 1964. Reliance has been reported to grow under some of the coldest winters, so it may be tried in Zone 4 with some chance of good luck.
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.