Peaches

Our collection of peach trees includes more than 18 varieties. Most are included in the working orchard on the farm called Tellurian Fruit Gardens and managed by Ant Wilson. They are grown on peach rootstock, as traditional vase shaped trees. Peaches (and nectarines) are all self-fertile, and will often grow edible fruit from seed, but all our trees are grafted to ensure we maintain the pure variety.  We enjoy growing mainly heritage varieties, partly because most modern peach and nectarine varieties are patented, but also because we think a lot of the older varieties win hands down for flavour!

We're pleased to bring you information about some of the most popular varieties and hope you find it useful. We also maintain an extensive Fruit Tree Database as part of our Grow Great Fruit home-study program.

Picking dates can vary by up to two weeks from one season to another, depending on the conditions, but usually the order of ripening stays about the same. The dates given below are the average picking dates in Harcourt. Most varieties can be picked over a period of 2 or 3 weeks.

More information about each variety, including harvest dates, pollination information, production notes, chill hours, blossom time, origin and disease susceptibility and resistance (where known) are included in our Fruit Tree Database, accessible by members of the Grow Great Fruit program.

Anzac Anzac

Small heritage white flesh peach.

 

Picking Dates: Mid December

 

Bendigo Beauty No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees

Heritage peach, juicy white flesh.

 

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Briggs Red May Briggs Red May

Large heritage white peach.

 

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Early O'Henry Early O'Henry

A mid-season yellow freestone peach.

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Flavorcrest Flavorcrest

Medium to large, yellow freestone.

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Fragar Fragar

Very large heritage white flesh peach.

Picking Dates: Ealy February

 

French Lady Flavorcrest

 

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Golden Queen Golden Queen

Well known heritage clingstone peach.

Picking Dates: Early March

 

Julie Julie

A medium-sized white peach.

Picking Dates: Late January

 

O'Henry O'Henry

Large yellow freestone peach.

Picking Dates: Late February

 

Peacherine No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees

 

 

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Redhaven No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees

 

 

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Redtop Redtop

Early yellow flesh freestone peach.

Picking Dates: Early January

 

Stark Earliglo No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees

 

 

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Tasty Zee Tasty Zee

Large, modern white flesh peach.

Picking Dates: Late January

 

Tatura 204 T204

Early season clingstone. 

Picking Dates: Mid January

 

Tatura 211 Photo not yet available

Mid season clingstone. 

Picking Dates: Late January

 

Taylor Queen Taylor Queen

Late season clingstone.

Picking Dates: Mid March

 

Wiggins No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees

 

 

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About Us

We – Hugh and Katie Finlay – draw on over 15 years' experience as orchardists at our farm, Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens, to bring you the Grow Great Fruit Program, the farm-proven system for home fruit growers.

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We grow organically, and teach organic growing principles and methods. We’re aware of the changing climate, so the farming methods we use help to create solutions, not add to the problem. We've poured years of experience into our farm-tested Grow Great Fruit program after talking to hundreds of home growers, and figuring out what you need most...information, security, and someone you can trust to help you solve your problems.

 

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