Welcome to my website in which I record my activities growing Organic Fruit. I am seriously limited for space, so I have to be smart about what I grow. The best way to maximise yield in a given space is to grow tall plants, but I wanted as much variety as possible, so my more recent additions have been dwarf fruit trees.........................................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Dwarf Nectarines
Latest Update 2nd October 2016.
Dwarf Nectarine Tree
This year I skipped spraying my stone-fruit with lime sulphur again, but perhaps because of our wet gloomy winter and early spring, the leaf curl attack was more intense than last year and up to half the tree's leaves were affected.
As usual I had been religiously spraying my fruit trees with aerated compost tea every month, but the impact was inadequate and although I expect to get a crop this year, it looks like it may well be diminished.
removing effected leaves every three or four days, the attack has been
held, but at this point, the new growth has not yet become dominant.
It looks like I may need to revert to using lime sulphur next year.
In spring the soil should be generously top dressed with home made compost and mulched with straw to maintain fertility.
Nectarines benefit from careful pruning in summer to encourage the set and quality of fruit the following year.
Family Group: Prunus.
Garden bed type: Ring drip line irrigated bed.
Recommended soil pH: 6.0 - 7.0.
Plant Spacings (centres): 2m.
Good Companions: Hellebore, Tansy, Lavender, Strawberry.
Climate: Warm Temperate.
Geographic Hemisphere: Southern.
This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium.
also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium,
and a very good source of Vitamin C.
Minimise soil disturbances including digging to maintain a natural soil structure.
Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.
Feed the Soil
dead leaves and fallen branches from the previous year in September and
put them in your compost heap. Don't put diseased material in the heap
unless you are making hot compost achieving 65 deg C to kill off pathogens.
Apply a 60mm top dressing of home made compost and cover with straw mulch. Keep it clear of the tree's trunk to prevent collar rot.
Propagate Nectarines by taking soft wood cuttings and grafting them onto a suitable root stock.
Lightly prune Nectarine trees in November and reduce fruit numbers to improve size and quality.
again in late Summer after the fruit has been harvested. Cut the
current years growth back by half its length. Cut out any damaged, dead
or diseased branches. (Click to see Demo).
Sterilise your secateurs before cutting into living tissue on any plant.
Harvesting and Storage
Pick from the tree when the fruit is ripe in summer.
Preserve your surplus in glass preserving jars.
Poach them in sugar syrup, pack them in the jars and sterilise them in a pressure cooker
on shelves in a cool shady place in the utility room.
Aerated compost tea foliar spray toughens foliage against whitefly damage.
any serious infestations by spray your crop thoroughly with organic horticultural oil (Eco-oil in Australia) as early in their life cycle as possible.
Continue spraying regularly during the warmer months to keep the whitefly under control.
keep flying pests away.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of nectarines by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the tree's roots against plant pathogens.