An 'orchard grade' is a tree that may be on the shorter side, may be crooked or with slight damage. These trees will still produce the very same fruit as a first or number 1 will. They may need to be staked and they do need regular watering, fertilizer and protection from weeds and hungry animals. All trees will benefit from pruning.
The summer of '21 was the most bountiful in recent memory for many of us growing peaches where they shouldn't be grown. It gave us a chance to do side by side taste tests on numerous varieties. Although most tree ripened peaches offer a sublime fresh eating experience, Intrepid was the overwhelming favourite with unequaled wow power. Selected at the Sandhills Research Station in North Carolina in 1990, it seems largely unknown as yet. We expect this to change, as it appears to match the cold hardiness of it's parent Reliance, while improving on size, flavour, texture and firmness. Late blooming combined with outstanding frost tolerance means fruit set is usually heavy enough to require significant thinning. Intrepid is also noted for high resistance to bacterial leaf spot.
SELF-FERTILE | ZONE 4/5 | HARVEST: LATE AUG.