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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Varieties

Author
item Okie, William

Submitted to: Peach Growers Handbook
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: May 2, 2002
Publication Date: November 9, 2004
Citation: Okie, W.R. 2004. Varieties. In: Horton, D., Johnson, D., editors. Southeastern Peach Growers Handbook. University of Georgia Extension Bulletin. p. 45-50.

Interpretive Summary: Georgia is one of the leading peach producing states. Their Peach Growers Handbook has been the "Bible" of how to grow peaches in the Southeast, but has become outdated in recent years. This new edition is more regional in scope, with authors from many states. This chapter discusses how a grower should go about the critical task of selecting a peach variety for a southeastern orchard that is most likely to consistently bear marketable fruit. Topics covered include time of ripening, time of bloom (chilling requirement), type of fruit (such as flesh color, pit freeness, texture and flavor) and disease resistance. A table shows most of the commercially grown varieties recommended for the Southeast.

Technical Abstract: The Peach Growers Handbook from Georgia has been the "Bible" of how to grow peaches, but has become outdated in recent years. This chapter discusses how a grower should go about the critical task of selecting a peach variety for a southeastern orchard that is most likely to consistently bear marketable fruit. Topics covered include time of ripening, time of bloom (chilling requirement), type of fruit (such as flesh color, pit freeness, texture and flavor) and disease resistance. A table shows most of the commercially grown varieties recommended for the Southeast.

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