Panamint Nectarine Fruit: Caring For Panamint Nectarine Trees
By Teo Spengler
Panamint nectarine trees are very adaptable for home gardens and produce fruit with an excellent flavor. For more information about Panamint nectarine fruit, plus tips on caring for Panamint nectarines, the following article will help.
Southern Belle Nectarines: Learn About Southern Belle Tree Care
By Amy Grant
If you love peaches but don’t have a landscape that can sustain a larger tree, try growing a Southern Belle nectarine. With its fairly diminutive height, the nectarine ‘Southern Belle’ can be container grown easily. Learn more about this fruit tree in the following article.
Harko Nectarine Care: How To Grow A Harko Nectarine Tree
By Teo Spengler
The Harko nectarine is a Canadian variety high on taste and cold tolerant. If you want to grow this nectarine tree, it’s important to have some facts at your fingertips. Click here for information about growing Harko nectarines and tips about Harko nectarine care.
Arctic Rose Nectarine Care: What Is An Arctic Rose Nectarine
By Teo Spengler
If you are considering growing peaches or nectarines in a backyard orchard, Arctic Rose white nectarine is a great place to start. Click on the following article for information about this interesting cultivar, plus tips on Arctic Rose nectarine care.
Diseases Of Nectarines: How To Spot Common Nectarine Diseases
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Nectarine disease symptoms may not be readily apparent, and you may have to do some serious observation to locate issues. Others are visually evident and not hard to identify. If your nectarine tree is looking or performing differently than in years past, this article can help.
Nectarine Tree Not Fruiting – How To Get Fruit On Nectarine Trees
By Amy Grant
Getting no fruit on the nectarine trees? If there are no obvious diseases or insect pests, why is the nectarine tree not fruiting? There are quite a few reasons for a fruitless nectarine tree. Find out how to get fruit on nectarine trees in this article.
Nectarine Harvest Season: Tips On Picking Nectarines
By Amy Grant
Nectarines happen to be one of my favorite fruits, but it can be hard to tell the exact perfect time to pick them. When is the best time to pick a nectarine and how to harvest nectarines? Find out in this article.
Thinning Out Nectarines – How To Thin Nectarines
By Amy Grant
If you have a nectarine tree, then you know that they tend to set a lot of fruit. Certain fruit trees set more fruit than the tree can handle and includes nectarines. Learn about thinning nectarine fruit in this article.
Pruning apple and pear trees
Winter and the very beginning of spring are the most auspicious season for pruning a pear tree and an apple tree.
Although pruning is never mandatory, it helps nonetheless to promote tree growth and fruit formation on fruit trees.
You’ll never make irreparable mistakes if you follow these tips on how to prune apple trees and pear trees.
This is basic advice that will increase your harvest and ensure that the tree grows properly.
If you’re a novice, you’ll see that your accumulating experience will quickly become an asset for you and for your fruit trees.
3- Best time to Grow Broccoli in a container
The most ideal times for growing broccoli in a container are usually during the spring, fall and even winter times. You can grow it indoors too, but we will stick with a container you place outdoors.
The best time to grow broccoli is definitely in the fall time. You might have some pests to deal with, but this is mostly taken care of once the cooler weather descends in your area.
We have also had much success growing during the wintertime. We even get some periodic snow and just cover the plants up with some plastic. you could go more elaborate and use a grow tunnel if you get more snow than we do in NC.
We rarely have to do much care during this period and have some broccoli florets ready in March.
Broccoli prefers cooler weather, so don’t try to grow it during the summertime. You will get a plant that will flower very quickly once it starts to form. The flavor will also be compromised since the broccoli plant will direct most of its energy to flower instead of the growth.
Growing Peaches and Nectarines in the Home Landscape
Peaches have been grown in Asia for more than two thousand years, and produced for centuries in the United States. Peaches are considered the “Queen” of the fruits and second only to apples in popularity as a deciduous tree fruit because of their fine flavor and many uses as a fruit.
Nectarines can be used in the same way as peaches, and may be considered as substitutes for peaches. Genetically, the only difference between peaches and nectarines is the lack of fuzz on the nectarine skin. Usually, nectarines are smaller than peaches, have more red color on the surface and more aroma.
Popular uses for peaches and nectarines include fresh eating, sugared and with cream. They are also used in ice cream, pies, cobbler and shortcake. In addition, peaches and nectarines are used for jam, jelly, preserves and mixed fruit desserts.
Fresh peaches provide respectable amounts of the antioxidant vitamins A and C in addition to potassium and fiber. Nectarines provide twice the vitamin A, slightly more vitamin C, and much more potassium than peaches.
There are hundreds of different peach cultivars (varieties), but basically there are two types: freestones and clingstones. In freestone types, the flesh separates readily from the pit. In the clingstone type, the flesh clings tightly to the pit. The flesh may be either yellow or white. Freestone types are usually preferred for eating fresh or for freezing, while clingstone types are used primarily for canning. Nectarines may be either yellow or white-fleshed.
Selecting Peaches and Nectarines for Consumption
High quality peaches and nectarines are firm and free from defects such as bruising, and insect and disease damage. The best ripe peaches and nectarines have a deep yellow or creamy white color rather than those that are pale or dark green. Color varies according to cultivar. Green color indicates immaturity. Peaches and nectarines harvested when too green may shrivel or fail to develop a desirable flavor upon ripening. The red blush makes the fruit attractive but may not be helpful in determining fruit maturity.
Peaches and nectarines that cannot be consumed or processed immediately should be stored at temperatures as near 32 degrees Fahrenheit as possible and in a high-humidity atmosphere to preserve quality. In many cases, the home refrigerator comes closest to meeting these storage conditions. It is best to use or process the fruit as quickly as possible since it is highly perishable under high temperatures and not well suited to prolonged cold storage (more than 14 days).
Should I Grow Peaches and Nectarines in My Home Garden?
Nothing compares to the taste of tree-ripe peaches or nectarines. Homeowners with available land may consider establishing a backyard fruit planting. Such a planting can be quite satisfactory if the fruit grower is aware of what it takes to grow high-quality peaches. Peach trees are subject to some serious insect pests and diseases. Frequently, the season’s crop may be lost either by flower bud kill due to low winter temperatures or to bloom kill by late-spring frosts. The best chances for success in growing peaches in the home landscape result from selecting bud-hardy cultivars, protecting the bloom from late-spring frosts, and managing insects and diseases. Those unable or unwilling to do these things should not attempt to grow the fruit, since the results will be disappointing.
Selecting Peaches and Nectarines for Planting
Regardless of whether the consumer is selecting peaches for consumption or nursery stock for planting, the choice of cultivar is most important. Because of past experience with crop loss due to winter bud kill, peach and nectarine cultivars are being carefully screened for bud hardiness and fruit quality before being recommended to growers. Refer to Table 1 for peach and nectarine cultivars suggested for Ohio gardens. Redhaven has been the most reliable cropping peach in Ohio and other cultivars can be tried to lengthen the harvest season.
Peach and nectarine cultivars do not require cross pollination and set satisfactory crops with their own pollen. A single peach or nectarine tree can, therefore, be expected to bear crops in the home landscape if flower buds or flowers are not killed by low temperatures. However, three to four trees of different cultivars will extend the season and might be more desirable for an average family.
Desirable nursery stock for planting consists preferably of one-year-old trees, 3 to 4 feet in height with good root system and a trunk caliper of 3/8 to 1/2 inch. Nursery stock of this type can be more easily transplanted and trained into a desirable tree form. Refer to the websites of common mail-order nurseries for available cultivars. Many local garden centers carry bare rooted and container-grown fruit trees. Both bare rooted and container grown fruit trees transplant well.
Site Selection, Soil Preparation and Planting
Peaches or nectarines require full sunlight and should not receive shade from buildings or tall trees. If possible, select a site with a high elevation so that cold air can drain away from the tree on a cold night during bloom. The best site will have well-drained sandy loam type soil. Peach or nectarine tree roots or rootstocks will not tolerate soils where water remains on or near the surface for more than one hour after a heavy rain.
Prepare the soil one to two years before planting so that soil pH, organic matter and nutrient status can be modified for the production of high quality peaches and/or nectarines. Prepare a bed at least 5 to 6 feet in diameter by cultivating (spading) 10 to 12 inches deep and adding organic matter such as manure, leaves, grass clippings and compost. Take a soil sample, have the soil tested by your local Extension office, and add the recommended lime and fertilizer. For best results, sample soils 6- to 8-inches deep every two to three years.
Plant your tree in the spring in the center of your prepared area. For grafted trees, keep the bud union 2 inches above the soil. Planting a peach or nectarine tree too deep in the soil can cause poor growth or death.