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Nectarine 'August Red'

Prunus persica 'August Red'

Nectarine (Eng.), Kaalgatperske, Nektarien (Afr.)

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Nectarines are related to peaches and produce smooth hairless fruit with a single stone. For best results ask a local nursery for advice on choosing the best variety and rootstock for your garden. August Red nectarines are yellow with a red blush. Uses: Culinary, espesially fresh

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Stone fruit will grow for 3-5 years before starting to bear fruit. Trees are in full bloom in Spring(early September). Fruit will be ready for picking in Summer (mid-February).

Propagation

Cuttings
Commercially nectarines are propagated by grafting or budding the cultivar on a strong root stock.
Seed
Sowing time - Winter; Sowing depth - 3cm; Germination time - 1-3 months. The seed need cold stratification. The seed do not breed true to type!

Special features

Crop rotation
Medium Feeder

Geography

Origin
USA Bradford Farms
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Peach leaves are used for washes, dies and many old medicines. The fruit is high in minerals like iron, beta-carotene, flavonoids and vitamins.
Edible
Fruit is delicious fresh - named after nectar, the sweet drink of the gods!
Notes
Culinary, espesially fresh

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
Mild

Problems

Peaches struggle with curly leaf mites! Spray copper weekly when the growing season start until 50 persent in blossom or lime sulfur when dormant as a preventative. During growing season monitor for insects like fruit fly and false codling moth.

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