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Contender Peach Tree

Prunus persica


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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Contender Peach Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Contender Peach Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

12-15 ft.

Mature Width:

15 ft.


Full Sun


8-10 ft.

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Year to Bear:

0-1 years

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Botanical Name:

Prunus persica

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Contender Peach Tree is a Winner

When it comes to growing peaches, the mark of a winner is the diversity of the areas where they can grow.

The Contender Peach fits that bill like few others. With excellent cold hardiness and tolerance to the occasional late spring frosts, it's one of the few peach varieties that will flourish in northern regions. Tons of amazing blooms will burst onto the scene, ushering in the spring season with vivid pinks sure to brighten any landscape.

The Taste of a True Champion

In a short time, large velvety peaches will emerge from the Contender's branches like nature's work of art. Picture a mostly water-colored red, splashed over an orange canvas. The succulent, ripe peaches drip with each juicy bite. One taste and you'll know why the Contender is considered the most flavorful, fresh eating peach available. Unlike other peach varieties, this hardy tree produces a reliably delicious fruit that won't go brown on you before its time.

Convenience Makes the Contender a Great Choice

The stature of the Contender Peach Tree gives it another advantage over other fruit trees. At full maturity, it will not exceed 15 feet in height. That means more planting options in your garden or landscape and fruit that's easier to reach when ready to pick. Care is a breeze as well. Just make sure to plant in full sun and use well drained, organic soil. Throughout the diverse regions across the country, your Contender will thrive in a variety of locations.

Order yours today.


Contender Peach Tree Pollination

Contender Peach Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Contender Peach Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

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My tree came with spider mites and it is slowly dropping all its leaves after 3 months.
November 12, 2014
over 2 years ago
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my new contender peaches
I just got 3 contender peaches from you. They are in mint condition andgrowing fast.
June 20, 2015
Warwick, MA
over 2 years ago
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my contender peach tree
I ordered this tree in late spring. I would normally plant about a month earlier than I did. The tree looked great from the packaging and I planted according to directions. With plenty of water it took off and grew all summer. Haven't seen any peaches yet, which I didn't expect. Hopefully next year we see a few. Everything looks good so far. We live in northern Illinois and look forward to fruit.
September 3, 2016
Oregon, IL
10 months ago
I got three of 'em last year and all have grown well.This is a Zone 4 area but I'm not sure the test for hardiness is too good - temp was 77 degrees F precisely 1 year after being -10 F.
March 19, 2016
Warwick, MA
over 2 years ago
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Great purchase !!
Planted these trees 5 months ago and the summer in NJ was very hot and dry but the trees are doing great. Trees are growing well and plenty of green leaves. I will be buying more.
September 16, 2016
Barnegat, NJ
10 months ago
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Nice tree
Tree was received with lots of leaves and looked healthy. We previously ordered this same tree from anther source and it was dead on arrival. After a refund we ordered from FGT and so far very happy with the tree. Would give 5 stars but tree has not been through a Nebraska winter yet.
September 18, 2016
10 months ago
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Very professional process since ordering to delivery
My little peach tree looks healthy but unfortunately the two top main branches broke during shipment or was bent too much to feet her in the box . Will see next spring how everything goes, I think she will be fine
September 16, 2016
Palatine, IL
8 months ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Contender Peach Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Contender Peach Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Contender Peach Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Contender Peach Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
hardy northern variety
Rusty W on Apr 20, 2017
Wanted to try this because it is supposed to be better for northern states where frost might catch the tree and lose any fruit for that year...which happens with every peach tree we currently have. Hopefully this one will wait later in the year to bloom and not be caught by frost.
Allen H on Apr 15, 2017
hardy northern variety
Rusty W on Apr 20, 2017
Cold weather hardy
Mandy s on Apr 19, 2017
Wanted to try this because it is supposed to be better for northern states where frost might catch the tree and lose any fruit for that year...which happens with every peach tree we currently have. Hopefully this one will wait later in the year to bloom and not be caught by frost.
Allen H on Apr 15, 2017
We have apples and plum trees, needed more fruit diversity.
Allen C on Apr 11, 2017
We always wanted a Peach tree, and this one has been wonderful in appearance and productivity. We love it!
Robert T on Mar 16, 2017
will grow in my area
Marilee U on Mar 15, 2017
Because Michigan has harsh winters with late spring frost
Erin B on Mar 11, 2017
Great tasting peaches and does not require two trees.
Michelle M on Nov 10, 2016
to try it
Roy D on Oct 9, 2016
Grows in my Growing Zone
William C on Sep 19, 2016
Read it was better to have to contenders for better yield even though they are self pollinating
PJ N on Sep 5, 2016
Looking for 2 peach trees and thought these would do.
Timothy W on Jun 14, 2016
I love huge and tasty peaches
Byron T on Apr 19, 2016
I live in Wisconsin.... And I love peaches... What's a guy to do? Well buy a peach tree that will grow in WI. (Weeks of research is backing this. I've read people as far as Canada having luck with this tree.)
Corey F on Apr 18, 2016
Will grow where I live
Terri B on Apr 10, 2016
Drought tolerance as well as cold tolerance
Barbara J on Apr 6, 2016
Mary J on Apr 4, 2016
Love peaches and this will grow in a cold climate.
Jimmy J on Apr 2, 2016
Love for canning andbaking
Cooper B on Mar 26, 2016
Product description and research told us this was the best pick for our grow zone.
James K on Mar 12, 2016
I love to grow my own fruits and vegetables.
Terin S on Mar 11, 2016
like this type of peach tree
Paula F on Mar 9, 2016
Cold and late frost tolerance.
Delbert B on Jan 12, 2016
Cold weather hardy
Mandy s on Apr 19, 2017
We have apples and plum trees, needed more fruit diversity.
Allen C on Apr 11, 2017
Does the Contender Peach Tree have to have another PeachTree planted near it in order to pollinate?
Cassandra B on Aug 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Contender Peach is self fertile, but you'll get a much higher fruit yield if your tree had a mate to pollinate with.
can you grow in house?
Angela D on Oct 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: YES if you use a small enough pot. I have three peach trees that I grow indoors and they do rather well. No mites that way lol
how are they for preserving, canning and storing?
Joyce T on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They are very good for eating, canning and freezing.
When to plant the Contender peach tree? It is mid October and we are often having lows in the 20s.
Mountain rose on Oct 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: As long as the soil isn't frozen go ahead and put it in. Make a hole twice the diameter of the ball. Tamp down the soil well to get any air pockets out. Water it and put a healthy amount of mulch over the top. It should be fine.
The Contender peach being self fertile, which peach tree would be the best cross pollinator to better yields, or just get two of same?
Haven on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Just get 2 of the same. With well drained fertile soil and light pruning The contender yields a heavy crop as a stand alone and is very fast to start bearing fruit and is my favorite peach tree ive planted
Will I get fruit the first year?
Nikki on Feb 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did not get any peaches yet. This may be due to the first season and timing of the planting, but it certainly enjoyed lots of sunshine and looked healthy. I am looking forward to watching it bloom this season.
would the peach tree pollinate with a pear tree in the same area or does it need another peach tree?
Connie B on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: NO they won't cross pollinate but you can put a rooted rejuvenated plant on to another and cross pollinate that way. Google Or youtube cross breeding plants I hope that helps.
When does vivid tree bare fruit from seed?
Mike W on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I can't answer this. Our Contender was about 3 foot tall when received. It is no where close to baring yet. What I do notice is it is extremely robust, hardy. We had a Renaissance die. We have in Intrepid that is surviving but not flourishing. The Contender took off right away. It started budding about March 10 which is very early were we are, Northern Illinois. Sorry I could not be of more help.
How long from when it blossoms to when the fruit is ripe?
Hannah B on Nov 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Blossomed in April, fruit ripe, I think, in mid to late July.
Any ways to keep frost off peach trees?
Betsy S on Jul 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have gotten 4 Contender peaches from Fast-Growing Trees. I love them. They are really tough. No need to worry about frost or even a hard freeze, which we get here all the time.. I'm sorry, but the only ways I know to keep frost off a tree are to move South with the tree or move the tree indoors. Sorry.

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