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The Hardired Nectarine will bring a welcome splash of color to your spring landscape with its pretty pink blossoms, and that’s reason enough to add it to your garden. But when the delectable fruits ripen in August, the flowers will fade from memory, and all you’ll think about is how good nectarines taste from your own tree! Unlike commercial growers, who often pick their fruit when it’s hard as a rock (in hopes that it will eventually soften and develop a so-so flavor), you can wait and pick your fruit at the peak of ripeness—when it’s soft and juicy and bursting with flavor. Even those in cold climates can enjoy the simple pleasures of Nectarine-growing with this special extra-hardy variety.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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A distinguished fruit tree breeding program in Harrow, Ontario has produced many useful and hardy selections over the years, including the Hardired Nectarine Tree in 1974. To help them discover the toughest trees, researchers there designed special freezing chambers to test the cold hardiness of buds and woody tissues in a controlled way. Of course, sometimes Mother Nature has helped out with tests of her own by dialing up some especially harsh winters. In addition to being tolerant of frigid weather, the Hardired Nectarine has also shown itself to be resistant to bacterial spot and brown rot, two diseases that can affect Nectarines.
The Hardired Nectarine Tree produces extra-juicy, semi-freestone yellow fruits with a rich red blush. They make for sweet, wholesome snacking right off the tree, or they can be baked into decadent desserts like cobblers and tarts. Nectarines provide vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants, too—all the benefits of peaches, but without the fuzz!
How to Grow
Nectarines really are just clean-shaven peaches—botanically they both belong to the same species and need the same care. Plant your Hardired Nectarine Tree in a warm, sunny area where air circulates freely and frost doesn’t settle on cold spring nights and damage the blossoms. As for pollination, this tree is self-fertile, so only one tree is needed for fruit to form. Make sure the soil is well drained, as Hardired won’t abide soggy conditions, but water it regularly during its establishment period and during times of drought to help it grow strong and productive. Nectarines aren’t without their share of potential pests and diseases, so always be on the lookout for signs of trouble, but have no fear! Our expert growers at firstname.lastname@example.org will guide you should you need some advice.
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