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Contender Peach Tree

Prunus persica

$59.95

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    By growing these trees in burlap bags, the roots grow into the cloth, rather than circling around a pot. This forces these trees to put out thousands of fine hair roots. These roots bring moisture and nutrients into the plants. This means you get a tree that will become established quicker and provide you with superior and faster growth.

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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.

$14.95
-t- Planting Mix
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
$6.95
-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.

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

$19.95
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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.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

18-20 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Harvest Time:

August

Fruit Color:

Red

Peach Stone Type

Freestone

Year to Bear:

0-1 years

Chill Hours (minimum):

1050

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus persica

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA



Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)
 

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

4.3 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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contender
My tree came with spider mites and it is slowly dropping all its leaves after 3 months.
November 12, 2014
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
7
my new contender peaches
I just got 3 contender peaches from you. They are in mint condition andgrowing fast.
June 20, 2015
Warwick, MA
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
4
Growing Zone:
4
Goodo!
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
4
Growing Zone:
4
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
Purchased
1 year ago
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
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7
Tree was nicely packed and seemed healthy. Time will tell
Tree showed up nicely packed but the Fed Ex delivery guy "threw" it onto my sidewalk on its side . When I opened it 17 peaches were at the bottom of the box. There needs to be better signage as to what's inside like bright red or orange stickers . I was hoping for peaches this year but now I'll have to wait till next year.
May 15, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
Deer midnight snack
So far it is growing, but still no fruit. One minor setback was we had a Buck Mule Deer come into our yard and decide he wanted to snack on the top of the tree. We have since wrapped chicken wire around it with no further snacking on his part afterwards. Hopefully, it will do well throughout the winter this year.
July 12, 2017
Green River, WY
Purchased
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
4
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
NE
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
5
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
Purchased
1 year ago
Great little tree
3 months old already have 8 inches of growth.
August 6, 2017
Smith Station, AL
Purchased
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
8

Planting & Care



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


Contender Peach Tree Planting Diretions

The Contender Peach Tree is a cold hardy, tolerant to occasional frosts and will flourish in northern regions. This variety known as “Prunus persica” perform their best in USDA growing zones 4-8 in a full sun location and normally harvested from mid summer through fall. Contender peaches are a moderately growing dwarf trees maturing to a height of 12-15 feet tall and 18-20 feet in width.

Location: Plant your tree in well-drained soil in a location where it will receive full sun (at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day). Heavy winds and early frosts can damage the blossoms, so be sure to protect your tree by planting on the sunniest side of a building or your home.

Planting Instructions: Select an area where your soil drains well and the peach tree will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day.

1) Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Amend the soil around the hole with compost to ensure the tree has proper drainage.
2) Place your tree inside the hole making sure it is sitting straight and that the graft is 2 inches above the soil line.
3) Cover the roots with soil, watering occasionally as you go along to remove any air pockets that may have formed. Gently pat the soil down until the roots are completely covered.
4) Water the planting site and mulch to help retain moisture in the soil.

Watering: Keep the soil around your Contender tree moist, but not saturated. Keeping the roots too wet can cause rot damage to the roots. Typically watering once a week by leaving a hose at the base of the tree for a couple of hours is sufficient. Once the soil around the tree has dried, water the tree again. During times of extreme heat, your tree may need additional water. Yellowing of the leaves is a sign of over watering while leaves that are dry and brown can be a sign of under watering.

Fertilization: After your tree has been in the ground for 6 weeks, apply 1 lb. of a balanced fertilizer formula such as 12-12-12. In addition, apply ¾ lb. of fertilizer in the Spring before the tree pushes out new growth. Repeat this in the Summer and Fall as well.

Pruning: The Contender will need to be pruned the first two years in order to maintain an open center shape and encourage fruit production. Prune your tree in late winter or early spring using pruning shears and making your cuts at a 45-degree angle. Trim away any broken/dead branches and any that are criss-crossing by making your cut right below the dead wood. To achieve the open center shape, prune your tree so that the center section has only two or three main branches that will receive plenty of sunlight.

Pests: Check your tree regularly for insects and diseases. Caterpillars can form nests (egg sacs) on the tree which should be picked off immediately and spray your tree with a horticultural oil or an insecticide. Fungus can be treated by spraying a fungicide on the tree while it’s blooming.

Tips: Once your tree begins to fruit, thin your peaches out to allow each peach to have 8 inches in space to grow and mature properly. Thinning out your peaches will help to increase your overall production. Peaches on the top and outside of the tree will likely be ready to pick first. They will be fully ripe when there is no green left on the skin and they come off with a slight twist.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Because I love peaches! And it looks so good and yummy in that picture.
marcelo o on Oct 28, 2017
Same as the elberta, I have a red haven and wanted to have a variety of peaches.
Tina F on Sep 18, 2017
Because I love peaches! And it looks so good and yummy in that picture.
marcelo o on Oct 28, 2017
same for the peach tree had to leave it when we moved had a hard time keeping the squirrels away from it
judy m on Oct 20, 2017
Same as the elberta, I have a red haven and wanted to have a variety of peaches.
Tina F on Sep 18, 2017
wanted a bigger tree and one that sets in cold climate
Paul O on Sep 15, 2017
hardiness zone
Darla T on Sep 15, 2017
because it indicated it would grow in the cold weather of Montana.
Craig R L on Jul 29, 2017
Able to grow in my zone.
David F on Jul 25, 2017
I did not see a space to enter code JULY for the free shipping - please adjust. thanks
Ken H on Jul 23, 2017
Zone 6 and fast growing. Perfect for our area.
Frank K on Jul 23, 2017
It grows in our zone. Very few peaches grow in our zone.
Michelle G on Jul 5, 2017
wisconsin is cold. this tree is cold hardy
Mark F on Jul 4, 2017
Looked like a good producer for my area
Timothy S on Jun 21, 2017
Best match to my Zone 4-5 area.
James S on Jun 21, 2017
Love peaches,smaller tree
Patricia S on Jun 15, 2017
Grows in my area
Aaron C on Jun 11, 2017
We chose them because they are hardy down to -20 degrees and that is important here!
Robert C on May 25, 2017
Food
Richard M on May 24, 2017
it appears to be hardy in zone 4
Robin F on May 20, 2017
I have been searching high and low for a Peach tree that grows in zone 4! I have high hopes for the Contender Peach!
Joel F on May 16, 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
Zone
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
same for the peach tree had to leave it when we moved had a hard time keeping the squirrels away from it
judy m on Oct 20, 2017
wanted a bigger tree and one that sets in cold climate
Paul O on Sep 15, 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.
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: You can pair with the Elberta, Harvester or the Red Haven. All are great Peaches and you will get more yield.
what is the caliper of 6-7 ft tree?
Kritics on Sep 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have had this tree for two years and the second year it grew to 15 feet tall with lots of branching. We had a very late frost and only 4 peaches came on the tree. The squirrels ate two of them. I have since planted another type of peach tree which is a companion to this tree and I'm hoping for better results next year. (2018)
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: The Contender Peach is self fertile; however if you have a Elberta, Harvester or Red Haven with this, you will get a bigger crop.
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.
I'm looking to get one of these trees for my mom who lives in SC and I was planning on planting it in early January. Is this a good time?
Jarrod T on Oct 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, in SC, this would be a good time to plant this. I would suggest earlier, especially if the ground freezes in this part of SC where she lives. I live in NY and mine is doing really well, but I planted it in early Spring.
What color is the insides ?
Macaroni on Sep 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Contender Peaches are very vigorous growers and produce very delicate pink flowers once the weather warms up. They are known to produce large crops and are yellow-fleshed and red skinned. The insides is like a light yellow color on the inside. They are considered to be the most flavorful peaches and are great for snacking and baking.
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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