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Nectarine
Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

Group of deciduous trees with stone fruit that are smooth-skinned and sweet. Standard-sized trees grow to about 25 feet tall and wide, but can be pruned to stay 10 to 12 feet tall and wide. Genetic dwarfs grow 5 to 6 feet tall.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Buy

        Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

    • Plant

        Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    • Prune

        If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

    • Plant

        Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    • Prune

        If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

    • Plant

        Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    • Water

        During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for peach leaf curl and brown rot. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.

    • Special requirements

        Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.

    • Plant

        Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    • Water

        During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for peach leaf curl, brown rot and peach tree borer. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap. The first sign of peach tree borers is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.

    • Special requirements

        Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.

    • Plant

        Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    • Water

        During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once or twice a week in the absence of rainfall.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.

    • Harvest

        Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

  • June
    • Fertilize

        Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

    • Water

        During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

    • Harvest

        Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

  • July
    • Water

        Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.

    • Harvest

        Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

  • August
    • Water

        Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

  • September
    • Water

        Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

  • October
    • Water

        Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once a week.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

  • November
    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray once right after leaf drop, and remove all fallen leaves from the area.

  • December
    • Prune

        Prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

            • February

              Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

            • March

              Buy bareroot trees in the nursery or online.

            • April

              Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.

            • May

              Buy potted up trees in the nursery or online.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

            • February

              Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

            • March

              Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

            • April

              Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

            • May

              Plant in a sunny location that has excellent drainage.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

              • April

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

              • May

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

              • June

                Feed once with an organic fertilizer designed for fruit trees.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

              • April

                During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water weekly in the absence of rainfall.

              • May

                During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once or twice a week in the absence of rainfall.

              • June

                During fruit development, keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

              • July

                Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

              • August

                Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

              • September

                Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water twice a week.

              • October

                Keep the soil around the base of the tee and out to the drip-line moist, but not soggy. Water once a week.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

              • February

                If not done last month, prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

              • December

                Prune when dormant. Cut off 2/3 of the previous year's growth. Head back each branch to 1/3, or remove two of every three branches formed, or cut out some and head back others.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

              • April

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

              • May

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

              • June

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

              • July

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

              • August

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

              • September

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

              • October

                Maintain a 2- to 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the base of the tree and out to the drip-line.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Pest/Disease Inspection

                What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Check for peach leaf curl and brown rot. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap.

                • April

                  Check for peach leaf curl, brown rot and peach tree borer. Peach leaf curl causes curling, thickening and puckering of new leaves. Brown rot is characterized by flowers wilting and dying and twigs breaking and releasing sap. The first sign of peach tree borers is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

                • May

                  Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

                • June

                  Check for peach tree borer. The first sign of peach tree borer is a jelly-like substance at the base of the tree.

              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.

                • April

                  Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray just as buds begin to swell.

                • May

                  Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.

                • July

                  Control peach tree borer by spraying mid-month the infected trunk with the appropriate pesticide.

                • November

                  Control peach leaf curl and brown rot by spraying with a fixed lime sulfur or copper spray once right after leaf drop, and remove all fallen leaves from the area.

              • Transplant

                When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Propagate

                  When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Harvest

                    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • May

                      Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

                    • June

                      Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

                    • July

                      Harvest when the fruit darkens and the flesh gives slightly to touch.

                  • Special requirements

                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • March

                      Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.

                    • April

                      Encourage the development of large fruit, by thinning fruit when it is 1-inch wide, spacing remaining fruit 8 to 10 inches apart.

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