I've had one of these peach trees for about 10 yrs. It's been pruned so it's taller than most peaches since I'm well over 6'. I used to spray the tree by the schedule on the fruit tree spray container, and almost every year I'd lose almost my entire crop. I almost cut the tree down, it seemed like too much of a PITA, just for some fresh peaches.
I've only kept it because I love using peach wood in my barbecue. It is hands down the best.
So this year I decided to just use carbaryl insecticide and spray the tree each time it rained. I fertilized, evenly dispersed, four times from petal drop to four weeks before expected harvest. I only had to water the tree once this season.
I thinned the fruits so no fruits would be touching when ripe. I'll thin them a little more next year most likely.
I've been picking these beauties for five days now. The first day I got a dozen, today it was close to 5 dozen. If you've never eaten a tree ripened white peach you don't know what you are missing. My ten year old son ate one and said it was sweeter than candy. They are white with a nice red blush in the flesh. They are clingstone when the fruit is still slightly crunchy and tarter, and freestone when the fruits are fully ripe. They are the juciest sweetest peaches I have ever eaten when completely ripe. What a treat. I am eating about ten per day. I've picked at least 75 so far, and there are at least 150 more on the tree.
I also have a nectarine that will come on in august, I can't wait to try that. Does anyone else have any peaches that they feel are oustanding? I'm sure I'll be planting a few more trees come springtime, and I need a few suggestions. I am hooked.