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Rochester peach trees

Rochester
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Flesh colour: Golden / Yellow

Rochester is a yellow-fleshed peach with large fruit and good flavour.

Growing peaches in the uncertain UK climate is always something of a gamble but Rochester is one of the most reliable. It should be ripe in early August - just ahead of time when Victoria plums are ripe.

This is a free-stone peach, the stone falls away cleanly from the flesh.

Rochester peach trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG11-year bush-trained 7L pot-grown tree St. Julien rootstock £38.50
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree St. Julien rootstock £24.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Rochester is self-fertile, reliable, and easy to grow (at least by peach standards).

It flowers relatively late, which means the blossom is less likely to be affected by early frosts.

Rochester is susceptible to peach-leaf curl, so be sure to protect the tree from infection in late winter / early spring - covering the tree with a fleece is a good method.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Rochester was raised by a farmer in New York state, USA in the early 1900s.

Rochester characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates

Using

  • Picking monthSeptember
  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Food usesEating freshCulinary
  • Cling-stoneFreestone

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Peach leaf curlSome susceptibility

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited States
    • Period of origin1900 - 1949
    • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
    • Fruit colourOrange / Red
    • Fruit sizeAverage
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit