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Bonfire Patio Peach Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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Prunus persica 'Bonfire'

The Bonfire patio peach tree, Prunus persica 'Bonfire,'  is a big-time dynamo in a small package. In addition to doing what you'd expect it to do as a fruit tree — produce peaches — it also presents a spectacular show of pink blooms in spring. The rest of the growing season, it delights viewers with highly textural leaves that range from a reddish-purple to dark green. It's a compact tree, with a mature height of 4 to 5 feet and width of 4 to 5 feet, so it can easily be tucked into a corner of the garden or used as a showpiece in smaller landscape settings. Its size also makes it useful as a patio plant, and it adapts easily to growing in a container. Here are a few more reasons to plant your own Bonfire patio peach tree:

  • If properly cared for, it can produce fruit in the first year after planting. 
  • The fruit is an excellent choice if you like to use peaches in baking or canning.
  • The Bonfire patio peach tree is well-adapted to weather conditions throughout most of the continental U.S.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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The Bonfire patio peach tree thrives in full sun. It prefers at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day.

Watering

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These trees like moist — but not soaking — soil. Water roughly once a week; more in hot weather.

Fertilizing

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Fertilize throughout the growing season with a balanced product, preferably one designed for fruit trees.

Planting and Care

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by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on May 12, 2022

Planting instructions

Site your peach tree in an area of well-draining soil where it will get at least six hours of sun a day. The Bonfire patio peach tree isn’t fussy about soil type, but it can’t handle standing water. Unpot your sapling and tease out any encircling roots, which can girdle the tree and slowly kill it. Dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and twice as wide, and throw in a few handfuls of a well-rotted compost or manure. Place the tree on top of it, and, while holding it upright and steady, fill in around it with topsoil that’s been mixed with compost or manure. Tamp down as you go to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly. Apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of an organic mulch, such as bark chips, around the tree’s root zone to conserve moisture.

Watering and nutrients

Your peach tree will do best if the soil is kept moist. To determine if it needs watering, check the soil 2 inches below the surface. If it’s dry, give it a thorough watering. Be especially vigilant if you’re experiencing high temperatures or drought-like conditions. Fertilize your tree in early spring before bud break with a balanced formula, such as 12-12-12. Following package directions, fertilize throughout the growing season as indicated.

Pollination

The Bonfire patio peach tree is monoecious, which means it has male and female reproductive parts on the same tree. What this means to you is that you are able to harvest fruit even if you only have one tree. It’s worth noting, however, that you will have a larger harvest if you plant more than one of these peach trees. Bees are the most common pollinators for peach trees, but you can assist them by hand-pollinating flowers using a small paintbrush.

Pruning

Most fruit trees benefit from an early-spring pruning to help shape the plant and open up the canopy so that light and air can circulate. The Bonfire patio peach tree needs less pruning than most, and it should adopt a pleasing, rounded shape if left alone. Do monitor your tree for damaged or diseased branches or those that are rubbing against each other, and prune them out whenever you see them. Also prune out a few of the peaches on a branch if the branch seems weighed down or bent from their weight.

Pests and diseases

The best way to help your peach tree fend off pests and diseases is to give it good care throughout the year so that it stays in good health. A healthy tree can handle minor challenges with no concerns. One pest that may bother your tree is the peach tree borer, which lays its eggs in the bark of peach trees. A sign of infestation is a sticky mass or small holes in the trunk oozing sap. The best way to fight it is with an insecticidal spray that contains permethrin. Peach trees are also prone to several fungal diseases, including peach tree leaf curl, peach scab, and brown spot. Remove all signs of these diseases and spray your tree with a copper fungicide.

Harvesting

The Bonfire patio peach tree has small fruit, about the size of an apricot. Wait to pick them until they are a bit soft when you squeeze one — if it’s quite firm, it’s not ready. The color will also change from its unripe green color to a darker yellow-red. Pick your peaches gently by hand, and store them in a cool place. Bonfire peaches are not at their best when they are eaten raw; rather, they excel when used to make pies, preserves, or other cooked items.

Achieving maximum results

Even if you live in a tiny efficiency apartment, you can still grow a Bonfire patio peach tree — it’s that petite. Grow it on a fire escape or in a sunny window in a large decorative container that has good drainage. Place the container in a tray to capture water that runs through, and keep an eye on it when you’re watering so you can stop when the tree has had enough. Plant your peach tree in good-quality potting soil, and care for it just as you would if it was planted outside. You may need to water it more frequently, especially in hot weather. Your pot-grown tree is also more reliant on regular fertilizing than an outdoor tree would be, so feed it throughout the growing season.

FAQs

How is the fruit of the Bonfire patio peach tree best used?

The Bonfire patio peach tree's small fruits are best used in cooking, with any recipe that calls for sweet fruits such as peaches. They make excellent marmalades and jams, and can be used in pies and other baked goods. Peach compotes are often used as a marinade for seafood or chicken, and you won't be sorry if you bake some into a tasty peach cobbler.

Can I plant my Bonfire patio peach tree near the road?

One of the many benefits of Bonfire patio peach trees is that they are resistant to urban air pollution, making them an excellent choice for those who live in a city or those who wish to plant their tree near a roadway or driveway. Space your tree at least 4 to 5 feet from the paved surface so that the roots have a chance to stretch out and grow.

How is my Bonfire patio peach tree best used in the landscape?

Since it is a fairly small — but very ornamental — tree, the Bonfire patio peach tree is an excellent choice for smaller gardens. Consider, for example, placing one in a sunny corner and surrounding it by colorful annuals, such as red and white impatiens and zinnias, which will offset the attractive green-and-red leaves of the tree. Or place two in containers on either side of a front entrance. A mature Bonfire patio peach tree placed in a front yard, with a circling of decorative stones and some low ground cover around it, is another attractive option.

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Mature height
4-5 ft.
Mature width
4-5 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
Growth rate
Moderate
Botanical name
Prunus persica 'Bonfire'
Shipping exclusions
AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, WA
Grows Well In Zones
5-8
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Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10°F)

Bonfire Patio Peach Tree for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

Prunus persica 'Bonfire'
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