Steps to Plant a Peach Tree

Plant a Peach Tree

Planting Peach Trees

When the tree is dormant and thawed in the early spring, plant in hardiness zones 7 and lower. While summer planting presents low moisture and high heat concerns, fall planting runs the risk of winter damage. Trees in containers provide flexibility. Plant in the winter or fall for zones 8 and up, when the tree is dormant and won’t be at risk of winter damage.

Tree Care Materials

  • Helper for vertical tree holding.
  •  Bucket/bin for root soak.
  • Shovel or spade for digging.
  • Stake/post for dwarf/semi-dwarf trees.
  •  Hammer or rock for post banging.
  •  Tree ties for stake connection.
  • Tree guards for animal protection.
  •  1-2 Gallons of water.

1.Peach Tree Preparation

First, place peach trees in a cool, shaded area like a garage. Next, soak them in water for 6-24 hours after transporting them for 4 days. Then, plant them after a week. Meanwhile, keep the roots wet by spraying them with water and wrapping them in plastic wrap.


Selecting well-draining, nutrient-rich, loamy soil with a slightly acidic pH is the first step towards successful planting. Next, conduct drainage, type, and acidity tests on the soil. Add organic stuff, such as compost, after that. Furthermore, do not apply fertilizer directly to the roots. Lastly, till the soil to fully incorporate the nutrients.


Make an 18″ diameter and 18″ depth hole first. After that, transfer the soaking trees to the planting location, being careful not to let their roots dry out.

4.Placement of Peach Trees

In order to ensure proper root growth, first create a cone shape in the hole. Next, trim the roots to prevent twisting. Additionally, for grafted peach trees, ensure the graft union is 2 inches above ground level. Conversely, for seedlings without a union, cover the roots with soil to avoid the characteristics of standard tree size and rootstock.

5.Peach Tree Support and Growth

First, place a secure metal stake 8-10′ tall next to a dwarf or semi-dwarf tree. Then, fill the hole with soil around the tree. Finally, pound the stake in after the tree can bear its own weight.


6.Peach Tree Filling

To maintain a tree, begin by holding it vertically. Then, place nutrient-rich topsoil near the roots. Next, press half of the soil down to eliminate air pockets. Avoid adding fertilizer or compost directly into the root holes. After that, add the remaining soil. Finally, if planting on a slope, create a 2′ rim of soil to prevent erosion.

7.Tree Watering Guidelines

Upon planting, immediately water the trees, ensuring they receive adequate hydration. Subsequently, add more soil if necessary to secure their stability. Throughout the first year, maintain a weekly watering schedule. However, water only when the tree displays signs of stress or encounters drought conditions.

8.Peach Tree Pruning Process

To train peach trees for fruit bearing, prune them in an open center/vase shape, remove lower branches under 18 feet, cut 3-5 45-degree main branches, and back 1/4 of scaffold branches.

9.Tree Protection Measures

To protect tree bark from rabbits and rodents, use tree guards and mouse guards, but avoid summer due to insect habitats. Cover soil with mulch to retain moisture and control weeds, ensuring bark doesn’t come into contact with the tree.

10.Planting Peach Trees: A Fun and Effective Process

The most crucial step in planting a peach tree is having fun and learning from your mistakes. This will help you and your trees enjoy the process. If you’re new to planting, invite friends or family to join you and create a memorable experience. Additionally, remember to cherish the memories you made with your dad, just as they did with their peach trees.

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