Description: Bellegarde is a variety with lots of virtues. The fruit is very large, deep red skin striped with dark purple. Flesh is pale yellow, slightly red at the stone with rich, vinous and juicy flavours. The stone falls cleanly from the flesh, freestone. Cropping is good but ripens quite late so best suited for greenhouse growing.
History: Originated in France during the 18th Century. Introduced to the UK in 1732.
Peach Growing Tips: Suited to well-drained and moderately fertile soils in a full sun position. Fan training on a sheltered wall (except north facing) is recommended to avoid leaf curl. Picking times relate to growing under glass, therefore if planting outside at least two weeks need to be added. Early flowering outside makes these trees prone to frost damage. Fruit is best picked when still firm to final ripening indoors.