Fantasia Nectarine -

(Prunus persica var. nucipersica 'Fantasia')

Fruit Trees


Other Common Names: Nectarine
Family: Rosaceae Genus: Prunus Species: persica var. nucipersica Cultivar: 'Fantasia'
Fantasia Nectarine
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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
Plant nectarine trees in full sun and very well-drained soils. Sandy loam soil is preferred.

If you have clay or heavy or compacted soil it is best to till or turn a 4 to 6 feet diameter of ground to a depth of 10 to 12 inches. Before tilling, spread a few bags of sand and several bags of compost, such as composted cow manure or mushroom compost, evenly over the area. Then till soil.

Plant the tree with the bud union (where the tree was grafted at the base) about 1 inch above ground level. Do not plant too deep as this can cause problems with the roots. It would be best to plant nectarine on na raised mound to insure there is good drainage.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
To produce healthy and abundant fruit, nectarine trees will require yearly pruning. Click on the link below to find helpful instructions for pruning nectarine trees.

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/362/How-To-Info/Pruning/How-to-Prune-a-Peach-or-Nectarine-Tree/default.html

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Feeding
Fruits, being largely water and sugars, remove relatively few nutrients from the soil, compared to other crops. Therefore, much of the nutrients a fruit tree needs can be met through decomposition of mulch (if you mulch your trees), or by the application of lime and organic soil ammendments used when planting the tree.

Supplementary fertilization may still be required for optimal growth and production of fruit. Doing a soil test can indicate what elements and nutrients may be deficient in your soil. Many Local Cooperative Extension Services provide soil testing services, or foliar analysis.

You can fertilize your fruit trees either organically, or with commercial fertilizers.

Fertilizing A Newly Planted Fruit Tree:

Use a weak solution of Fish Emulsion as a starter fertilizer, or a pinch of bone meal may be added to the planting hole, but do not add commercial fertilizer.

Fertilizing Established Fruit Trees Organically

Most organic fertilization programs focus on supplementing nitrogen as the key element, since it is needed in the greatest amount by the fruit trees. If you have only a few trees, and you want to fertilize them organically, buy a bottle of Fish Emulsion at your local nursery and garden center. You may also use granulated organic fertilizer, such as those that contain chicken manure or other organic substances.

Apply organic fertilizer (at rate recommended on label) by hand or with a rotary type spreader around the drip-line of the tree about 3 to 4 months prior to harvest date. If you make your own organic compost, simply use it as a mulch around the the drip line to a point 12" from the trunk. The nutrients will seep down into the soil where they can be picked up by the root system.

Fertilizing Established Fruit Trees With A Commercial Fertilizer:

To fertilize a fruit tree with a commercial fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, toss a thin circle of pelletized fertilizer around the trees "drip line," which is the part of the soil below the outer perimeter of the branch system. Follow instructions on product label for proper application rates and methods.

During the first year after transplanting, spread fertilizer after new growth has emerged in spring. If using 10-10-10, spread about 1 pound per inch of trunk diameter. Then work the fertilizer into the soil with a trowel, and mulch - making sure you keep the mulch at least 12 inches away from the trunk of the tree.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Problems
Let's face it, there's no hiding from the fact that insects really like fruit trees. Thing is, many insects that visit fruit trees will not cause serious damage or problems. Much of the problems with insects can be kept at a minimum by following some basic guidelines for prevention. Click on the link below to find some useful tips for preventing insects.

www.gardenality.com/Articles/148/Problems-and-Solutions/Insects/Insect-Prevention-On-Fruit-Trees-and-Plants/default.html

Disease control is another consideration. Click on the link below to find helpful tips for controlling disease and fungus on fruit trees.

www.gardenality.com/Articles/75/Problems-and-Solutions/Diseases-and-Fungus/Disease-Control-for-Fruit-Trees/default.html

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