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Growing Nectarines

Growing Nectarines

Hardired Nectarine


 Vigorous, hardy trees with tasty smooth-skinned fruit suitable for fresh eating, freezing, canning, and desserts. Hardired is a variety selected for good fruiting in cold climates and is hardy and productive in zones 5 to 8. Trees grow 12 to 15 feet tall when mature and take about 3 years to fruit from planting. Keep bare root trees in a cool area out of direct sunlight until planted. Can hydrate trees by soaking roots in water for 2 to 3 hours before planting. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Loosen the soil 18 to 24 inches deep and wide enough to fit all the roots. Add compost or other organic matter to loosened soil. Trim off damaged or broken roots, and spread roots out evenly without bending then. Plant so that roots are slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.


For full sun sites in well-drained soil. Avoid planting in low areas prone to late frost. Needs annual pruning in winter to keep trees vigorous and productive. Collect and dispose of pruned wood, fallen fruit, and dead leaves to reduce overwintering of pests and diseases. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other stone fruits include Cherries, Peaches, and Plums.

Complimentary Products

Nectarines benefit from yearly fertilization. Use Bonide Fruit Tree Spray (50310) for pest and disease problems. Prevent deer damage with 7 X 100 Foot Deer-X Fencing (52107).

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X netting to protect fruit from bird damage.

Nectarine Facts

Generally requires preventative spraying for good fruit production and quality, as a number of pests attack trees. Tarnished plant bug, stink bug, oriental fruit moth, plum curculio, peach tree borer, Japanese beetle, mites, bacterial spot, leaf curl, powdery mildew, and brown rot can be problems. Hardired is natrually disease-resistant. A "stone fruit" with a large pit, related to Apricot, Peach, and Plum.


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