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PEACH Flatto™ ‘Sweet Cap’™

Prunus persica

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The first flat peach in New Zealand! Sweet Cap is a white fleshed variety with excellent flavour - delicious when eaten while still crunchy, or equally tasty when left to soften slightly. The fruit has a very small stone, which is very easy to eat around. The fruit will ripen from late January to mid February depending on the area of the country. The tree can grow to around 4m tall if allowed to, and is best with a preventative spray programme to avoid diseases like leaf curl and brown rot.

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All Peach varieties are self-fertilizing. 

All Peaches are grown on Golden Queen seedlings.

SOIL

Prefers well drained fertile soil.

PLANTING SITE

Sunny, sheltered and frost free position. 

CLIMATE

Stonefruit trees have a ‘chilling requirement’ of a certain number of hours below 7degC to produce fruit. Most varieties suit the temperate areas of the country to receive the required number of chilling hours, but some have ‘low chill’ requirements so can be grown in the warmer, northern areas of New Zealand. 

WATERING

Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.

PESTS & DISEASES

Stonefruit require a spray program, particularly during spring, to prevent the likes of die back, bacterial disease and leaf curl. 

PLANTING IDEAS

Stonefruit trees can be ‘espalier’ trained against a wall or fence in a fan shape. 

FRUIT

Varieties range in ripening time from early to late Summer. 

POLLINATION

All varieties are self fertile.

TREE SIZE

Stonefruit trees can range from 3-6m in height. 

RECOMMENED PRUNING SYSTEM

Open centre/vase shape.

 

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