Pix Zee Peach Tree Care – How To Care For A Pix Zee Dwarf Peach

Pix Zee Peach Tree Care – How To Care For A Pix Zee Dwarf Peach

By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

In recent years growing interest in home gardening and self-sufficiency has led to the establishment of a new movement in growing your own food. Now, more than ever, enthusiastic gardeners can be found cultivating food in even the smallest of spaces. With this, the popularity of dwarf varieties of fruit trees has skyrocketed. The ‘Pix Zee’ dwarf peach tree is just one example of the way in which home growers are now able to harvest delectable fresh fruits straight from their yards, balconies, and container plantings.

What is a Pix Zee Peach?

As the name implies, ‘Pix Zee’ is a variety of small, dwarf peach tree. Due to its compact size, often reaching no larger than 6 feet (2 m.) tall, Pix Zee peaches are the perfect candidates for home gardeners who wish to begin growing fruit but lack access to the larger spaces required to establish larger fruit trees. Not only does this factor make the trees ideal candidates for growth in urban backyards, but it also makes them a good choice for growers wishing to grow peach trees in containers.

Hardy to USDA growing zones 6 to 9, the Pix Zee peach tree will require at least 400 chill hours throughout the cool season to blossom and set fruit. Though pollination may be enhanced by the presence of multiple peach trees at bloom time, Pix Zee trees are self-fertile (self-fruitful) and do not need a pollinator tree.

Growing a Pix Zee Miniature Peach Tree

Since this variety of peach cannot be grown true-to-seed, growers will need to obtain Pix Zee miniature peach tree saplings. While it is sometimes possible to find these plants locally at nurseries or garden centers, some gardeners wishing to grow this variety may need to place an order online. When ordering online, make certain to order only from reputable sources, as to receive healthy and disease-free plants.

Growing this tree is much like planting any other cultivar of peach. Pix Zee will thrive in a well-draining location in direct sunlight. Once a site has been chosen, soak the root ball of the peach tree in water for at least one hour before planting. Prepare the planting site by digging and amending a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball of the peach tree. Plant the tree and fill the hole with soil, making certain not to cover the collar of the tree.

If choosing to plant these dwarf peaches in containers, choose wide and deep containers sufficient to support future growth of the peach plant.

Once the plant has become established, maintain frequent watering and pruning regimes. This includes pruning the tree to maintain the desired height and shape, as well as the removal of some immature fruits as a means to ensure high quality harvests.

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Fiber pots available from winter to early spring. Five gallon cans available from early spring to through summer. Check with your local store for current availability.

Beautiful pink blossoms give way to rosy yellow peaches mid summer. Dwarf size ensures easy harvest and pruning. Does not need cross pollination.

Dwarf tree grown on Lovell rootstock. Can be maintained at 5'-6' with summer pruning.

We pot our bareroot fruit trees in plantable fiber (pulp) pots. They make for easy planting and protect new roots so they don't break or dry out. Read On: How to Plant a Pulp Pot.

Shop our full selection of bareroot fruit trees in stores. Read on: List of Fruit Tree Varieties

Characteristics

  • Landscape Size: 5'-6' tall, 5'-6' width
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Sunset Zone: 5-20
  • Growth Habit: Columnar
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Attributes: Deciduous, Attracts Birds, Edible Fruit

These characteristics apply to the greater Sacramento area and nearby regions.

Live outside of our area? Please check with your local cooperative extension for the best growing practices in your neck of the woods.

Green Thumb Guide

Prefers enriched soil with good drainage. Establish good structure when young and keep pruned. Can easily be kept to 6' with minimal summer pruning. Estimated chilling time of 400 hours below 45 °F.

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Beautiful pink blossoms give way to rosy yellow peaches mid summer. Dwarf size ensures easy harvest and pruning. Does not need cross pollination.

Dwarf tree grown on Lovell rootstock. Can be maintained at 5'-6' with summer pruning.

We pot our bareroot fruit trees in plantable fiber (pulp) pots. They make for easy planting and protect new roots so they don't break or dry out. Read On: How to Plant a Pulp Pot.

Shop our full selection of bareroot fruit trees in stores. Read on: List of Fruit Tree Varieties

Characteristics
  • Landscape Size: 5'-6' tall, 5'-6' width
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Sunset Zone: 5-20
  • Growth Habit: Columnar
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Attributes: Deciduous, Attracts Birds, Edible Fruit

These characteristics apply to the greater Sacramento area and nearby regions.

Live outside of our area? Please check with your local cooperative extension for the best growing practices in your neck of the woods.

Green Thumb Guide

Prefers enriched soil with good drainage. Establish good structure when young and keep pruned. Can easily be kept to 6' with minimal summer pruning. Estimated chilling time of 400 hours below 45 °F.


Common Terms

When looking into peach varieties you may stumble across some terms unique to fruit and fruit trees.

Melting or non-melting fruit — Melting or non-melting refers to the fruit texture. Melting fruit is juicy—it drips, it's stringy, and it won't hold up well on the kitchen counter for a long period of time. Non-melting fruits were typically used in carnning and processing, but newer varieties are firm and juicy with a longer shelf life.

Clingstone or freestone fruits — With clingstone fruits, the pit can't be separated from the flesh while the pit easily pulls away from the flesh of freestone fruits. Melting varieties can be either clingstone or freestone, but non-melting types are always clingstone.

Chill hours — In order to bloom in spring, peach trees need a dormancy period in the winter with a certain number of chilling hours—nighttime temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The exact number of chilling hours depends on the fruit tree variety, but it can be anywhere from a hundred to more than a thousand. You want to look for total accumulated chill hours as of January 1st. If chill hours are not accumulating until later, say February or even March, fruit will not be setting at the proper time. This can happen if there is an unusually warm winter.


Popular Dwarf Varieties

Different cultivars of dwarf peaches (Prunus persica) fare better in certain climates, even if your home is in an acceptable USDA zone for peaches. Consulting your county extension office before planting is advised. While standard-size trees bear their first peaches in about three years, dwarfs set fruit in only one or two years. Varieties that reach harvest in early summer include "El Dorado," a rich-flavored, medium-sized peach "Golden Gem," a large, red-pitted peach, known for excellent flavor and "Southern Sweet," another flavorful medium fruit with yellow and red skin. Among those maturing in mid-summer are "Bonanza II," a large, aromatic peach with deep yellow to orange flesh "Southern Flame," with similar characteristics to the previous variety and "Southern Rose," a medium fruit with yellow skin and red blush. "Garden Gold," a large, red-pitted fruit, is one of the few late-season dwarf peaches.


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A Californian bred, genetic dwarf peach producing a 'mop head' of full size leaves on a small tree, making it ideal for growing in containers. Each spring Peach 'Pix Zee' is covered in a mass of pink blossom, followed by delicious full sized fruits that can be harvested in August. When growing peach trees on the patio, use a large 60cm (24") diameter container filled with a soil based compost such as incredicompost.

Propagated onto St Julien' rootstock and specifically bred to be dwarf.

  • Peach, Nectarine, and Apricot rootstocks:
  • Peach Seedling - Dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 2.5m (8')
  • Mont Clare - Semi dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 3m (10')
  • Torrinel - Semi dwarf reaching a mature height of 3m (10')
  • Krymsk 86 - Semi vigorous reaching a mature height of up to 4m (13')
  • St. Julien - Semi vigorous reaching a mature height of up to 4.5m (14')

This variety is self-fertile and does not require a pollination partner.

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 4 years.

Please note: Patio trees are derived from clonal selections for dwarfism which ensures a particularly compact growth habit of around 1m (39") in height.

Codes
1 bare root peach tree (Peach Seedling Rootstock) (14306)

Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water peach trees regularly during particularly dry periods.

Peaches may be fan trained against a wall or grown as a bush. When pruning peach trees it is important to avoid winter pruning as this leaves them prone to silver leaf disease.

To bush train: In the first spring after planting, select 3 or 4 well spaced branches on a clear trunk of at least 75cm (29"), and shorten them by two thirds. Remove the central stem to just above the highest of the selected branches. Remove any laterals below the selected branches.

In the following spring, select 3 or 4 sub laterals on each branch and shorten these by half to create a balanced, open framework. In future years peaches will require only occasional pruning to remove damaged, badly placed or diseased wood. This should be carried out during April. When fruits are walnut sized they should be thinned to one fruit per cluster, at a spacing of 22cm (9") apart.

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