The first flat peach in New Zealand! Sweet Cap is a white fleshed variety with excellent flavour - delicious when eaten crunchy, equally tasty when left to soften slightly. The fruit has a very small stone, which is very easy to eat round. Fruit will ripen from late January to mid February. Tree grows around 4 metres and it's best to have a preventive spray programme to avoid disease.
When, where and how to plantThe best selection of peach trees will be available during the winter and early spring. As the trees are dormant, it is the ideal planting time.
Plant in fertile well-drained soil, in a sunny position away from strong winds. Trees need protection when young. Bare rooted plants must be planted during the winter months.
- Plant 4-5m apart from other peach trees.
- Water well during dry periods and when the fruit is developing.
- Protect from spring frosts.
- Prune annually to shape, removing any dead or diseased wood.
- Most varieties need cold winter temperatures to set the fruit buds.
- Most varieties are self fertile but will fruit better if other fruit trees are around to encourage bees for pollination.
Harvest:The fruit starts to soften a few days before picking. Harvest when the fruit easily comes away from the tree or that you can smell the sweetness of the fruit. Store carefully as fruit bruises easily.
How to use:Peaches can be used in many ways - jams, preserves, relishes and chutneys all store well. Or you can try using them in pies, puddings and crumbles.
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