Monday, May 11, 2009

Growing Peaches in Climate Zone 5 (Northern Illinois)

In February of 2008 I was invited to speak at the Chicago Botanical Garden by the Midwest Fruit Explorers (MidFex) on the subject of “ (Northern Illinois).  Since that time I have received many requests for a copy of the PowerPoint presentation I used.  I have the full PowerPoint presentation below:

The PowerPoint presentation is available for download at SlideShare if you are a SlideShare member.  If you are not a SlideShare member and do not want to register (it’s free) you may download the file at here.
I hope it helps those of you thinking of trying to grow peaches in northern climates.  Pay special attention to the sections on temperatures and keep in mind that since this presentation was given we experienced an all time low of -20 to -24 for over 6 hours that froze all of our peach trees.  This was the first time that we experienced these extreme lows since the late 1980's in our location.  As a result, all of our peach trees froze and we have had to remove them.  But we did grow peaches from 1992 to 2005.  Hope you find this info useful.