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 (1.8 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 6-9, 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.