Harvest your peaches when they are fully ripe from late June through July and August, depending on variety. You can judge when they’re ripe based on the expected harvest time for that variety, and also by the color.
When peaches are fully ripe, the color changes from green to completely yellow/peachy orange, with no green left. A ripe peach will pop off the tree with just a slight twisting motion. Be careful, some peaches bruise easily!
- Tip: If you do pick some peaches that aren’t quite ready to eat, ripen them by leaving them in a brown paper bag at room temperature for a day or two.
If you want to time your peaches to suit yourself and your other crops, you can choose to grow varieties that ripen on the timetable you want. Here are some varieties listed by their harvest schedule. If you have any questions about growing these varieties in your zone, check with your local extension service or garden center.
* Early season typically means June in the south, July in the north (and colder areas). Mid-season usually means July. Late season is August in most areas.
Stark Saturn (donut)
Early to mid-season
Rio Oso Gem
Belle of Georgia
Indian Blood Cling
White Heath Cling
Do you have any favorite peach varieties that work for your home garden? What special harvesting tips can you share about enjoying your peach crop? Please tell us what you think.