Bonfire is a compact dwarf purple-leaf peach. White-fleshed fruit streaked with red ripens in September late. Fruits are clingstone with firm fruit used for canning, pickling, and pies. It can be eaten fresh but rubbery. Fruit turns red when cooked and makes an attractive pie. Bonfire makes a stunning landscape specimen with showy, pink double flowers in spring. Bonfire can be grown in a patio pot. At maturity, it can reach a height and width between 4-6 feet. USDA ZONES: Zones 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8.
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Plant the tree outdoors in winter or early spring, in a site with good drainage, at least six hours per day of full sun and soil acidity (pH level) of 6.0 to 6.5. Plant no deeper in the ground or container than what the plant was in the nursery container.
Container-grown plants require good drainage; too, so use a large enough pot for the roots to spread out comfortably and make sure the container has drainage holes or channels. Always use high-quality growing soil and set the root ball so that the top is about 2 inches below the top of the container, to leave room for mulch. Place the container in a location that receives at least six hours of full sun daily.
Water the newly planted tree thoroughly whether outdoors or in a container. Do not add amendments or fertilizer the first year. If the tree is planted in sandy soil, water every three to five days; water about every two weeks when the tree is planted in heavier soils. Container-grown trees may need more frequent watering. It is better to water deeply and infrequently than to water often and shallowly. Reduce watering in the fall and winter.
Fertilize the Bonanza peach tree in the spring and fall outdoors, using a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Container-grown trees need to be fed more often, but use a product with less nitrogen during the summer. Once fruit sets, spread rotted compost around a garden-grown tree to give it a boost.
Spread a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around the base of the outdoor or container-grown tree during very hot, dry months to help retain moisture and keep the tree's roots cool. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk.
Thin the branches as needed to improve air circulation by cutting them out with pruning shears. The tree produces best when pruned for a more open center area, but save heavy pruning for wintertime, while the tree is dormant. Cut away any dead limbs as you find them.
Hand pick some un-ripened fruit to improve the quality of the crop. It is natural for peach trees to drop some fruit in June, but too many peaches may remain. As soon as the fruit is about 1 inch in diameter, remove all damaged fruit and fruit at the end of branches, then thin healthy fruit to 6 to 8 inches apart.