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New peaches with peach leaf curl resistance

Peach Veroma Bello. Picture; Lubera
Peach Veroma Bello. Picture; Lubera

Lubera announces two stunning varieties

Growing peaches is a pipe dream for many gardeners but now two new peaches have been introduced with great flavour and tolerance to the dreaded peach leaf curl.

Swiss fruit experts Lubera have developed peaches Veroma Bello and Veroma Pico, which were created from a cross between the original Tibetan peach Prunus mira and peach varieties that are tolerant to leaf curl.

Both are extremely hardy with beautiful pink flowers.

Veroma Pico has the larger fruits, while Veroma Pico has an intense flavour – tasters claim they’ve never eaten a more aromatic peach.

Veroma Bello

  • Harvest: Late, early September.
  • Fruits: Roundish, 6-8cm in diameter, with thinning up to 10cm in diameter. Hairy skin like cultivated peaches, about 1/3 red-coloured, green flesh.
  • Flavour: An intense peach flavour coupled with a good sugar level; by thinning, the sugar content is significantly increased in addition to the fruit size and juiciness.
  • Growth/health: A broad and richly branched tree, relatively compact growing, very healthy, tolerant of leaf curl.
  • Pollination: Self-fertile.

Veroma Pico

  • Harvest: From approximately the third week of August until the end of September.
  • Fruits: Small, roundish, 5-7cm in diameter, about 1/3 red-coloured.
  • Flavour: Juicy, green fruit flesh, an extremely intense peach aroma with enough sugar and juiciness. Slightly juicier than Bello.
  • Growth/health: Broad, well-branched habit, very tolerant of cold temperatures, tolerant to leaf curl.
  • Pollination: Self-fertile.

Trees cost £37.40 each for a plant in a 10-litre pot. For further details visit www.lubera.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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