STELLAR® - Earlystar® Peach
Prunus persica 'STELLAR® - Earlystar® Peach'
Earlystar® peach ripens about 18 days ahead of Redhaven in early July when there are few good quality peaches to eat. It is a very attractive red, medium sized peach with semi-freestone quality. Some years it may be free, while others it still may cling to the pit. It is recommended for fresh use only.
Grandpa was good friends with the breeder of all the Stellar® peaches, who was one of the most prominent peach growers in Michigan. All the Stellar® varieties have "star" in their name for a reason. They are very hardy and beautiful peaches.
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. Spray in the fall and winter with copper sprays to protect from leaf curl, and help control canker.