Learn how to grow nectarine in your home garden with this detailed guide. Includes planting, harvesting and troubleshooting notes.
What soil is good for Nectarines?
Rich, well draining soil with plenty of compost mixed in.
How much sun do Nectarines need?
Are Nectarines frost tolerant?
How much space do Nectarines need?
Plant 6m apart
When should I plant Nectarines?
Late autumn or early spring is the best time to transplant most dormant plants. Plants, with the exception of bare-root, can be transplanted at anytime between when the ground thaws and when it freezes (so anytime if you are in a frost free climate). However, if transplanting in the heat of summer, you'll need to be diligent in watering and provide extra shade for your plant in the first few weeks after transplanting.
Dig a hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball. The hole should allow the plant to sit at the same level in the soil as it was previously. Fill the hole with soil ensuring the crown of the plant, where roots and stem meet, is level with the soil surface.
Plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times or on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.
What do I feed Nectarines?
Top-dress the soil around the tree with well-rotted compost in spring, along with a balanced organic fertiliser throughout the season. Add a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the tree up to the drip line to retain moisture (be careful not to pile mulch against the tree trunk as this may lead to trunk rot and disease).
When can I harvest Nectarines?
Harvest when the Nectarines have changed colour and are slightly soft to touch. The fruit should pull away easily from the tree when ripe.
What pests do Nectarines get?
Mites, Scale, Fruit Fly, Oriental Fruit Moth, Thrips, Carpophilus Beetle, Fruittree Leafroller, Weevil
What diseases do Nectarines get?
Leaf Curl, Bacterial Canker, Brown Rot, Bacterial Spot, Blossom Blight
Is there anything else I need to know about Nectarines?
At the end of the season, prune the tree in order to remove old or unproductive wood. Open up the center to let light and air in by removing any overlapping branches, this will help to prevent disease.