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Plant description:

Peaches and nectarines both prefer a climate of cold winters and hot summers, as on the Highveld. If the winter is not cold enough, the trees suffer from delayed foliation. There are many varieties, each with different cold requirements. Ask your local nurseryman or horticulturist for advice on the best varieties for your region. All peaches and nectarines are self-fertile.

Family: Rosaceae

Synonym: Amygdalus persica

Botanical Pronunciation: PROO-nus PER-see-kuh

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Botanical name

Prunus persica

Plant Care

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Flowers

August September This tree bears white to pink flowers in early Spring.

Common name(s)

Peaches and nectarines

Origin

Foliage

This tree has (10-15 cm) long, green foliage.

Planting instructions

Peaches and nectarines both prefer a climate of cold winters and hot summers, as on the Highveld. Space trees 5m apart.

Maintenance

Water them thoroughly every three weeks during dry weather in summer. Water well once a week when trees are flowering and fruit-setting. To prune young peach trees, cut the stem off just above a bud (if this has not already been done in the nursery), approximately 500mm above ground level. This will encourage branching, and eventually result in the development of the main scaffold limbs.

Fruit

Pick fruit when just soft to the touch. Peaches and nectarines do ripen to some extent after being picked, but will soon lose flavour.

Common pests and diseases

Fruit fly, codling moth, false codling moth and scale. Powdery mildew and leaf curl may become a problem under conditions of high humidity.

Harvest

Pick fruit when just soft to the touch. Peaches and nectarines do ripen to some extent after being picked, but will soon lose flavour.

August September
This tree bears white to pink flowers in early Spring.

This tree has (10-15 cm) long, green foliage.

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