12 Promising Peach Cultivars For Florida
Peach cultivars developed by UF/IFAS have opened the door for an entire new crop selection for Florida growers. Click through the pages at the bottom to see a rundown of varieties suited for planting in the state and where they perform best.
• Melting flesh
• 250 chill units
• FDP: 82 days
• The fruit has 90% to 100% blush, making it very attractive
Terms To Know
Getting acquainted with peaches for the first time? The following are terms you need to know.
Melting Flesh: These varieties are juicy but can have shipping problems because of this. Melting flesh varieties have shorter shelflives, and therefore might be best suited for U-Pick and farmers’ market situations.
Non-Melting Flesh: These varieties are firmer when tree ripe. Shipping these varieties is easier, and they have a longer shelflife. One potential negative of non-melting flesh peach varieties is a consumer bias that firm equals unripe fruit.
Chill Units: These are units required for chilling to produce optimum crops. One unit = 1 hour below 45°F but above 32°F that are accumulated over a 24-hour period.
Fruit Development Period (FDP): This is the period from the peak time of bloom to the peak of