You do not have to live in Atlanta to successfully grow peach trees. Despite the plethora of streets named after the peach, you do not even have to live in Georgia. You might actually be surprised at just how many different geographical locations in the United States are perfectly well suited to growing your peaches. And as anyone who has ever eaten a peach plucked directly from a tree and enjoyed the feel of juices running down their chin and neck seconds after taking that first bite can tell you, if you can grow a peach tree where you live, there are no reasons good enough to counter the argument for why should grow a peach tree.
The thing about peaches is that you can choose from a healthy variety of different types that may be more suitable to your particular topography. But when it comes down to the basic needs required for successfully growing your own peaches, you are going to have a much easier job of things if you can provide access to direct sunlight, soil that offers efficient drainage and adequate protection from the wind. Some areas of the country are just simply going to be too cold to pull off harvesting your own private supply of peaches, but don’t be discouraged if you live where the weather merely experiences cold snaps. Peach trees are more than capable of being hardy enough to live through cold temperatures if you can protect them from the additional effects of the wind chill.
Do not expect to grow peaches on the same trees for your grandchildren that you planted for own children. Peach trees are not ones for lingering around a long time so they can supply you with a never-ending harvest. If you really want to ensure a robust harvest of peaches every year, plan ahead for planting new trees about five years or so. If you plan things just right, you will start to enjoy the fresh fruit from the new trees at just about the time that your old trees start exhibiting problems with providing you the quality of peaches to which you have become used.
The whole point of growing your own peaches is enjoying the fruit in a way that cannot be replicated with even the most delectable store-bought examples. There is little point in successfully planting and raising your peach trees if you fail to time the harvesting perfectly. To get the most sensual pleasure possible out of the act of biting into a peach you need to allow it to ripen completely while still on the tree. Do not expect a green peach to ripen on the kitchen counter or on the windowsill. Allow the peaches to reach a state in which they are soft but firm and reveal the golden hue that a perfect peach should. The final revelation of perfect ripeness for a peach is the ability to give the stem a simple twist and have the fruit break free with no struggle. If an initial bite into a selection of peaches harvested at the same time reveals a case of a premature yield, then you can still achieve a taste closer to perfection by allowing the peaches to ripen off the tree at room temperature for the next few days.