Are there any peach varieties that can be successfully grown in Iowa?

Question:

Are there any peach varieties that can be successfully grown in Iowa?

Answer:

Peaches are not reliably cold hardy in most parts of Iowa.  It is possible to grow ‘Reliance’ (yellow flesh, freestone) and ‘Polly’ (white flesh, clingstone) in the southern one-third of Iowa. 

Growing peaches in Iowa is challenging.  Cold winter temperatures may destroy the flower buds on peach trees.  A late frost or freeze in spring can damage or destroy the flowers.  As a result, peach trees often bear few, if any, fruit.  Gardeners in southern Iowa can anticipate a good crop about once every 3 or 4 years.  Peaches are also short-lived in Iowa, often dying within 8 to 10 years. 

 

Last updated on
March 7, 2022