The Q&A Archives: nectarines in bloom

Question: my nectarine tree started giving fruit last year. this year it is loaded. but I notice on many nectarines there is a clear soft jelly substance on the skin, it looks like super glue squeezed out of a small tube. it is removed easily but seems to leave indents on the nectarine skin. Is this normal? and what can I do to get nectarines like the ones at the grocery store,any tips?

Answer: I can't tell without looking at the fluid. It could be escaping from the fruit, as a result of insects feeding on the fruit or it could simply be sap from another part of the tree. I would pick one of the fruits and dissect it, looking closely for holes in the rind and in the fruit itself. Or take one of the affected fruits to your local cooperative extension office for microscopic examination. Wish I had more suggestions!

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