The taste of imported fruits doesn’t come close to the flavor of ripe nectarines and peaches you get from the tree in your landscape. They require plenty of sunshine, preferably in a pot on a deck or in the corner of a sunny room. Read on to find out how to grow a peach or nectarine tree.
Peach & nectarine trees grow in all sizes, even little trees that you can plant in a flowering pot. There’s nothing preventing you from raising a fruit crop that you can put in a cobbler, salsa, or smoothie.
Planting a Peach or Nectarine Tree
Young fruit trees are susceptible to frost. Plant your trees against a west or south-facing wall. You could also use a planter that you could put beneath a cover during the cold months. Nectarines and peaches will endure most soils. When planting, use manure or top-quality compost.
If you use clay soil, enhance drainage by putting debris in the bottom of the tree hole. Put your tree so the top of the rootball is equal to the soil’s surface. The steam should be at least 15cm from the wall. Make a wireframe to tie in the stems as they flourish.
First, to put a fruit tree in a container, apply a pea gravel layer in the bottom to increase firmness and drainage. Next, put in soil-based compost. Be sure to leave room between the compost and top of the container for simple watering. Make sure the compost is never dry.
Caring for your Nectarine and Peach Crop
Water consistently, particularly when the fruits are developing. As the fruit blossoms, scatter some standard fertilizer near the tree. Follow with a layer of manure, garden compost, or mulch.
Though peaches are self-fertile, you could urge fruiting by pollinating flowers by hand using water and a soft brush. When peaches and nectarines grow to the size of cherries, thin them out to one per cluster.
After picking comes pruning. Peaches and nectarines develop on young shoots, so get rid of the old growth. Trim back a fruit stem to the spot a new shoot appears, tying in the new growth as a substitute.
Harvesting Nectarines and Peaches
Peach and nectarine fruits are ready to eat when they feel a little soft and color them. These fruits come off the limbs with only a light tug.
Use insecticidal soap to control aphids and red spider mite. Peach leaf curl is a mold that disturbs the budding leaves in the springtime. This disease delivers distortion and blistering. Shield trees with polythene in the cold months to stop rain splatters that strew infection.
Storing Nectarines and Peaches
Peaches and nectarines discolor easily and don’t store right. It’s okay to freeze nectarines and peaches but use the fruits immediately for cooking when thawed.
Prepping and Usage
Peaches and nectarines are enjoyable raw, poached in sugar and wine, or put into fruit salads. Both fruits have similar growing needs, but fuzzy peaches are just a little resilient than their smooth-skinned relative. Nectarines flourish best when put next to a warm fence or wall in a sunny place.
Call us at Hudson Tree to learn more about peaches and nectarine plants.