UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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Nectarine on tree

How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Peach

Pest management: Nectarines and Peaches, also see Plum Bud Gall Mite Fact Sheet

Calendar: Peaches & Nectarines: Calendar of Operations for Home Gardeners

The Basics

When to plant: January - March

Harvest window: June - October, 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*

All freestone types: Arctic Supreme, Baby Crawford (Phil Adrian), Early Elberta (Gleason),  Flavorcrest, J.H. Hale, J.M. Mack, Nectar, O'Henry, Silver Logan, Stark's Saturn (donut shape - white flesh), Strawberry Free, Sugarlady, Suncrest and Zee Lady

Empress, Garden Gold, Golden Gem, Golden Glory, Honey Babe, Southern Flame, Southern Rose and Southern Sweet

* 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.

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