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How among the wide variety of peach species to choose the most suitable for growing? There are many worthy varieties, and one of the most popular is Ruby. It has several varieties, the description of which is presented below.
Characteristic peach Ruby-4
This is a self-made variety, bred in the Nikitsky Botanical Garden, very attractive in appearance due to large bright fruits. It comes into bearing 2-3 years after planting. Removable maturity occurs on July 10-15. The tree is medium-sized, with a small and rounded crown. The variety has an average winter hardiness and disease resistance above average.
The fruits are large, weighing 150-200 grams, with a yellow skin, covered with carmine blush. The pulp is yellow, juicy, sweet and very tender. The fruits are used fresh and for making juice.
Characteristic Peach Ruby-7
The variety is also bred in the Nikitsky Botanical Garden. It comes into bearing in 2-3 years. The fruits ripen by mid-August or early September. The tree is medium-sized, the crown has the shape of an inverted cone. Resistance to diseases is slightly lower than that of Ruby-4 variety, and to frosts it is an order of magnitude higher.
The fruits are large, the skin is smooth, yellow, almost completely covered with blush. The flesh is yellow, reddish near the skin and bone, sweet with sour notes. Peaches can be consumed fresh, and also used to make jam, candied fruit, jelly.
Characteristic Peach Ruby-8
The variety is bred in America. Begins to bear fruit in the 3rd year after planting. Ripening occurs in the middle or end of August. The tree is medium-sized, the crown is round. The fruits are smaller than the previous varieties, but resistance to disease and frost is much higher. The weight of a ripe fetus is 150-170 g. The color is yellow, and the carmine blush covers the surface almost completely, confirming the name of the peach. The pulp is bright yellow, with a pronounced sweet and sour taste and strong aroma. Fruits are suitable for making candied fruits and jam.
Comparative characteristics of varieties
Before talking about the advantages and disadvantages of each variety, you should understand what you want from peach. Big and juicy fruits? Ease of care? Maybe you are looking for a variety with a new taste or decided to make a business on peach cultivation, or are you planning to use it as a raw material for the production of any product?
As we found out, varieties Ruby-4 and Ruby-7 can bear fruit already in the second year, and Ruby-8 - not earlier than the third. Therefore, if you want to get sweet fruits from your own garden, you will have to be patient.
If you live closer to the northern regions, it is better to choose Ruby-7 or Ruby-8 varieties: they have higher frost resistance. Ruby-4 can also take root with proper care: some gardeners help trees survive the winter by wrapping rags around the trunks. If you do not have the desire or the opportunity to painstakingly care for the peach, then give preference to more frost-resistant varieties.
All three types of peach Ruby are almost not susceptible to disease, with Ruby-7 being the lowest, and Ruby-8 being the highest.
Each of the varieties has its own ripening period. If you want to get the crop as early as possible, choose Ruby-4 peach: it ripens in July. The rest - an order of magnitude later: Ruby-8 - in August, and Ruby-7 - in August or even September.
From an aesthetic point of view, all three varieties look attractive. But their taste varies. Ruby-4 is the sweetest, it is delicious both fresh and squeezed. At Rubinovoy-7, a slight acidity is added to the sweetness, which gives piquancy to the taste, so this type is better suited for making jam or candied fruit. Ruby-8 has a pronounced sweet and sour taste, so it is better to use it for making candied fruits and preserves.
Peach Ruby-8: features of the variety
When it comes to Ruby variety, gardeners are divided into 2 camps: some prefer the 4th and 7th grade, saying that they are sweeter and earlier bear fruit; others praise the 8th grade - although it takes longer to adapt, it is less demanding to care for and thus saves time and money. Despite the controversy, the feedback on all varieties is positive: each has its own advantages. Therefore, in the selection, focus only on your own preferences.