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Having a peach tree is a great way to get wonderfully tasting peaches straight from nature each season. By using companion planting with your peach tree you can help protect it from harmful insects, add beneficial nutrients to the soil, protect your tree from fungi, and attract beneficial insects to help your tree thrive. In this article, we go over what are plants that you should be planting near your peach tree and what plants you should not plant near your peach tree.
What Are Good Companion Plants to Plant Near Peach Trees?
- Red Clover
Asparagus works well as a companion plant due to its ability to keep nematodes away.
Basil can help keep thrips, fruit flies, and mosquitoes away.
Chamomile is a common companion crop that has been used by farmers with fruit trees. Chamomile has antifungal properties that can help fruit trees growing near it.
Chives and Onions both act as a natural repellent for pests.
Garlic is known for its ability to act as a natural insect repellent. When using garlic as a companion for peach trees, plant the garlic around the base of the tree. This will help keep borers away.
Ginger is another companion that can help repel insects.
Marigolds and Nasturtiums help keep away harmful insects that can cause many issues with peach trees. Find other companion crops to plant with Marigolds here.
Strawberries can keep moths from laying eggs in peaches and instead of laying them in the strawberries. It is best to put strawberries between peach trees.
Tansy helps repel pests and it also helps add potassium to the soil.
Wildflowers and Red Clover help attract pollinators to the area.
What Should Not Be Planted With Peach Trees
- Apricot Trees
- Brussels Sprouts
- Cherry Trees
- Plum Trees
- Swiss Chard
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard, and other members of the Brassica family should not be planted near peach trees because they all are heavy feeders and will compete for nutrients with the peach tree.
Okra can attract nematodes which peach trees are also susceptible to.
Raspberries will compete with peach trees for nutrients in the ground.
Peppers: Both Green Peppers and Hot Peppers can carry fungi that can damage peach trees.
Potatoes and Tomatoes can both spread blight and should not be planted near peach trees. Tomatoes also attract nematodes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Companion Planting For Peach Trees
Peach trees are self-pollinating, so they don’t require other trees to be planted nearby. You can plant other fruit trees in the area but make sure that they are 15 to 20 feet away from your peach tree and don’t plant cherry trees, plum trees, or apricot trees nearby.
No, peach trees are self-pollinating. One benefit of this is that you can have different types of peach trees so you are able to get different varieties of peaches.