How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Nectarine
Pest management: Nectarine
When to plant: January–March
Harvest window: June–September, depending on variety
Fertilization: Nitrogen in spring and fall, additional applications based on tree age, health, and soil quality
Annual care overview:
- Dormant Spray (Dec–Feb): depending on disease pressure, consider dormant sprays to control for aphids, mites, scale, and/or peach leaf curl
- Dormant Pruning (Jan–Feb): 50% of previous year's wood
- Fruit thinning to ensure fruit is roughly 6" apart
- Monitor and control for common pests & diseases, such as aphids, scale, brown rot, and shot hole fungus
Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
Arctic Rose, Double Delight, Fantasia, Goldmine, Heavenly White, Panamint, Peento, Snow Queen and White Rose.
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.