This hardy, frost resistant peach variety produces plenty of large, tender, juicy peaches in August. The soft and creamy, sweet, melting yellow 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'
*Indication of the un-pruned height of this Peach variety in 10 years. Variations will occur due to planting position, pruning, geography etc.
Our pot grown Rochester Peach trees can be planted at any time of year, whereas bare root ones need to be planted November-March. Peach and nectarine trees should be planted in a sunny position, with approx. 3 metres between trees.
Prepare by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Next, dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and 2 to 3 x as wide. To help fruit trees establish more effectively, apply root grow by sprinkling in the hole for pot grown trees (or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees).
Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently, taking care not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting peach trees using a stake and tie kit and rabbit guard. For further information, watch our how to videos.
If you’re planting peach trees in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Keep an eye on young fruit tree and increase watering if there are periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Once you see the fruit begin to swell, water again. We stock a range of irrigation kits to assist watering. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.
Tip: To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down 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.
Unlike some of our fruit tree varieties, peach and nectarine trees should not be pruned whilst dormant. The best time to prune Peach Rochester 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.
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. When pruning peach trees, aim to have 3-5 main branches forming an open, vase-shape. Remove old shoots (grey in colour) as they will not produce fruit. Also remove any damaged, dead or diseased branches. The tree may look a little gappy, but will soon improve once the flowers arrive in early spring. 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.
Covid-19: We're pleased to announce that we are back up and running in line with government advice. As you can imagine we have a bit of a backlog of orders and are catching up as we write, so please expect a slightly longer lead time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Trees on pre-order are not ready to send out yet and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
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.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is 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 for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
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.
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.
3 metres (9 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to fan training.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
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.
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.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
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 branches of the 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
|Plant Specification||rootstock||Root type||type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|St. Julien A (semi-vigorous)||7L pot||2 year old / 120-150cm||£49.99 (VAT Free)|