Sam Houston Peach
Prunus persica 'Sam Houston'
6-8 hours of sun daily
Good for canning, baking and fresh eating.
Yellow with red blush
Yellow-fleshed, freestone peach with good quality and flavor
-10º to 0ºF
10-15' Tall x 10-15' Wide
Prefers neutral to slightly acid soil.
Freestone peach with yellow skin, red blush. Ideal for canning, baking, and fresh eating. Ripen early. Very popular in southern areas.
Can be used as flowering color tree in spring and for shade in summer. Will provide large number of fruit in late summer/early fall.
Step 1. Select site with proper light and room for mature growth.
Step 2. Dig hole twice as wide and 1½ times the depth of root ball.
Step 3. Remove plant from container by squeezing container and tilting plant. DO NOT PULL PLANT OUT OF CONTAINER!. Allow plant to slide out of container after squeezing. If plant is heavily rooted, gently 'scratch' the outer roots until loose. This will encourage a stronger, and aid rapidly establishing root system to develop as the tree grows.
Step 4. Fill bottom of hole with loose soil and soil amendments (if necessary) so that the top of root ball is even with surrounding surface. Center root ball in hole. Backfill around the sides of the root ball with soil from hole or 50/50 mixture of soil and any recommended soil amendments such as peat moss, composted pine bark or compost soil mix. Tamp firm as you fill to remove air pockets.
Step 5. Mound remaining soil around perimeter of the hole as create a water holding area that it allow water to seep into soil around roots rather than run-off.
Step 6. Support the tree using a three strap triangulated support system or sturdy stake to prevent tree from blowing over until roots are sufficiently establish (usually one year). Take care not to wound or scrape tree bark and use soft material to assure that support will not injure tree as it grows.
Step 7. Water thoroughly, allow water to seep in. Water regularly during the first year until roots are firmly established and as necessary to keep soil moist (not flooded). If soil is poor draining, water more frequently with less water as needed.
Use well balanced fertilizer labeled for fruit trees in spring and fall.
Keep moist until completely established then water when needed.
Prune smaller limbs and crossing limbs while dormant. Remove any suckers from base and trunk.
Consult horticulturist, extension agent or local nurseryman for recommendations for proper chemical or organic treatments for pests and fungal infections. Only use products that specify use on fruit trees. Never use systemic chemicals during bloom, fruit set or harvest periods!