The Q&A Archives: Nectarine Tree

Question: My nectarine tree has several small hard nectarines on it, however they have not increased in size in quite some time. I heard they ripen in August, should I be worried that they are not growing? Thank you!

Answer: I would be concerned about the fruit. If your tree has produced fruit before, I'd chalk it up to stressful growing conditions. If the tree has never produced fruit, it's probably too young, and when it matures it will be able to fully develop fruit. Here's some background information: Nectarines are just fuzzless peaches. They do well in most of California if given the proper growing conditions. Nectarines require very well-drained soils, abundant nitrogen fertility, plenty of summer water, fruit thinning, and pest control sprays to prevent peach leaf curl and brown rot. New variety developments have greatly improved this fruit asa tree for backyard and commercial use. Trees can bear the second year. Nectarines (like peaches) are self-fruitful and do not require a pollenizer tree. Tree spacing should be about 8 to 12 ft apart.

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