Position – Full sunlight helps to prevent the tree from contracting diseases. The sunshine also helps to produce sweet, delicious fruits. Plant the tree about six mts from another tree, wall, electric wires, etc., to allow it to grow without being hindered. Use companion plants like legumes because these attract suitable pollinators and help to keep the soil fertile.
Size – This tree reaches a mature height between 2 and 5 mts with a canopy of 2.5 to 3.5 mts.
Soil Type – Soils that are well-draining but still manage to retain some moisture are best for nectarine trees. The only soils that do not work well are dense or heavy. A slightly acidic pH between 6.0 and 7.0 is best for fruit trees.
Mulch – Cover the ground around your tree (but not right up against the truck) with wood chips or sawdust to prevent too much moisture from evaporating and to keep the soil moist. You may also want to protect young trees with a wire cage with tiny holes, which will keep little animals away. Insects that bore into the trunk are the biggest threat to this plant.
Watering – Water your nectarine tree once every 10 to 14 days to soak the ground around it. Be careful not to overwater it, though. Even if the grass around it is brown and dry, the nectarine tree can thrive on this amount of watering.
Fertilising – Well-rotted organic material and a balanced fertiliser should be applied liberally around your tree in the spring.
Pruning – Although most fruit trees should be pruned in the dormant winter months, nectarine trees should be pruned late in early spring to allow buds and flowers to survive.
Harvesting – Pick your delicious, sweet fruit when the skin is orange-red.