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Rochester Peach Tree

Eating and Cooking Peach | Dual Purpose Peach Trees
  • £39.99 (VAT Free)
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This hardy, frost resistant peach variety produces plenty of large, tender, juicy peaches in August. The soft and creamy, sweet, melting flesh is hidden beneath peachy-orange and red flushed skin.

Rochester Peach tree produces pink flowers in the Spring which add to its charm, and is self fertile so only one tree is required.

AKA Prunus persica 'Rochester'

  • Use: Dual purpose, Cooking and Eating
  • Cropping period: Mid season (Mid August)
  • Flavour: Sweet
  • Heritage: New York 1900
  • Pollination group: Self fertile
  • Height in 10 years*: 6-8m

*This is an indication of the un-pruned height of this Peach variety in 10 years. Variations will occur when different factors are introduced such as planting position, pruning, geography etc.

Planting Advice for Rochester Peach Trees

Peach and nectarine trees should be spaced at approx. 3m between trees. Our pot grown Rochester Peach trees can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root peach trees need to be planted between November and March.

Whether planting a pot grown or bare root peach tree, you will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 3x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost (avoid multi-purpose), fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting peach trees using a stake and tie kit and rabbit guard. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Watering & Aftercare

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on your young fruit tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down just a few centimetres into the soil and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Once you see the fruit begin to swell, water again. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Rochester Peach Trees

Unlike some of our other fruit tree varieties, peach and nectarine trees should not be pruned whilst dormant. The best time to prune your nectarine or peach tree is after the coldest part of the winter has passed but before they start to flower. February is normally a safe time, depending on how severe the winter has been. Peach and nectarine trees require quite hard pruning and should look a little gappy but will soon improve once the flowers come to life in early spring. Both nectarine and peach trees fruit on 1 year old wood so the pruning technique for these trees is sometimes referred to as ‘replacement’ i.e. replacing old wood with new wood.

When pruning your peach or nectarine tree, you should aim to have between 3-5 main branches, forming an open, vase-shape. Remove any old shoots (grey in colour) as they will not produce fruit. Also remove any damaged, dead or diseased branches. Make sure the centre of the tree is open, allowing air and sunlight to reach inside. The branches that are one year old will be pinky red in colour and should be trimmed back to approximately 45cm in length.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.

St Julien A (semi-vigorous)
4-5 metres (13-16 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards and individual specimens. Our most popular rootstock for all but the very small garden.

Pixy (dwarf)
3 metres (9 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to fan training.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The table below gives sizes and forms available for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary).

Plant Specification rootstock Root type typePrice Quantity Qty
Rochester Peach Tree rootstock: St. Julien A (semi-vigorous) Root type: 7L pot type: 2 year old / 120-150cm Rochester Peach Tree Price £39.99 (VAT Free)
St. Julien A (semi-vigorous) 7L pot 2 year old / 120-150cm £39.99 (VAT Free)
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