Nectarines

Nectarines: Do I Really Want One?

Nectarines are a funny kind of Peach.

  • How do you tell a nectarine from a peach?
    Easy: nectarines have a shiny, waxy, smooth skin and peaches are fuzzy all over.
  • And nectarines taste, well, distinctly nectarine-ish! Not really scientific we know, but nectarines just have their own distinct flavor.
  • Nectarines are self-fertile, meaning it only takes one tree to get fruit. There's no need for a second tree as a pollinator.
  • They flower in February and March, producing plump, juicy fruit from late April throughout the month of May.
  • You can expect your new 3g tree to have fruit one to two years after planting.  For more fruit sooner, we now have 7g trees available: see below.

A nectarine is just like a peach
but with shiny, smooth skin.


All the varieties listed below were developed by IFAS especially for this area of North Florida & Central Florida:  zones 8b, 9a, 9b.  All are 4' to 5' trees in 3 gallon pots.
  • VARIETIES:We have 3 favorites we recommend for zones 8 & 9. All are self-fertile, meaning you only need one tree to produce fruit.
  • RIPENS
  • CHILL HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • CLASSIFICATIONFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • SKIN COLOR
  • FRUIT COLOR
  • PRICE EACH:
  • SunRaycer NECTARINESunRacyer is a very early, quite flavorful, hardy nectarine recommended for Florida. Fruit is medium to large in size. Grows 15' to 20' tall at maturity. Developed by IFAS especially for Gainesville.
  • EARLY MAY
  • 250 HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • SEMI-FREESTONEFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • VERY RED BLUSHED: OVER 90%irresistibly pretty when ripe!
  • YELLOW FLESH
    sweet and juicy, melting flesh
    This just means the color of the inside of the fruit. Melting flesh means the fruit continues to soften as it ripens. Non-melting flesh peaches remain firm even after canning.
  • $29.00 / 3gal
    4'-5' hgt
  • SunHome NECTARINESunHome is the only nectarine to have such beautiful dark red foliage in the early spring. Grows 12' to 14' tall. It was named for its ornamental red foliage, and bred (by IFAS) especially for the home gardener.
  • MID MAY
  • 250-300 HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • SEMI-FREESTONEFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • RED BLUSHEDtraditional looking nectarine
  • YELLOW FLESH
    sweet and juicy, melting flesh
    This just means the color of the inside of the fruit. Melting flesh means the fruit continues to soften as it ripens. Non-melting flesh peaches remain firm even after canning.
  • $29.00 / 3gal
    4'-5' hgt
  • SunDollar NECTARINESunDollar is a medium to large sized nectarine. With a higher chill hour requirement, it is well suited to zone 8b. Plant in zone 9 to insure fruit whenever we get a really cold winter. Grows to 15' tall.
  • EARLY TO MID MAYAccording to IFAS: fruit development time from bloom to harvest is around 70 days.
  • 350-400 HOURSChill Hours simply means how many hours of cold below 45℉ are needed for the tree to blossom and set fruit.
  • SEMI-CLINGSTONEFreeStone vs ClingStone simply describes how easy it is to remove the pit or seed from the flesh of the fruit.
  • 80% RED BLUSHED w/ some yellowhard to distinguish from a peach by its color
  • YELLOW FLESH
    sweet and juicy, melting flesh
    This just means the color of the inside of the fruit. Melting flesh means the fruit continues to soften as it ripens. Non-melting flesh peaches remain firm even after canning.
  • $29.00 / 3gal
    4'-5' hgt

Please note:  SunHOME should be available again in 3G by April 2016


Now available in  7gal >>>  REG 7G  $49  &  X-LG 7G  $69:
NECT.: SunRaycer 7g
7gal / 5-6' tall / 2-2.5' wide / 3/4" trunks / grafted: expect 10-15 pcs of fruit the first season
Quantity:  
Price: $49.00

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NECT.: SunRaycer X-LG 7g
7G: 6' tall/3' wide / 1" trunks: expect 15-25 pcs of fruit
Price: $69.00
NECT.: SunHOME 7g
7gal / 5-6' tall / 2-2.5' wide / 3/4" trunks / 250-300 chill hours; grafted: expect 10-15 pcs of fruit the first season;
Price: $49.00

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NECT.: SunDollar 7g
7gal / 5-6' tall / 2-2.5' wide / 3/4" trunks / 350-400 chill hours; grafted: expect 10-15 pcs of fruit the first season;
Price: $49.00

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2 new low chill varieties: 
Available MARCH 2016 
in 5gal  $49:

SunGold & SunRed
Nectarines

SunGold: 200 -300 chill hrs;
ripens in May; large, sweet, yellow and red fruit is semi-freestone;

SunRed: 250 chill hrs
ripens mid-May to early June; semi-freestone; bright red skin with firm yellow flesh; medium to large fruit is very sweet and flavorful;


Limited available in 15gal :

15G: 7'-8'+ /3.5-4.5' wide / 1.25" to 1.5" trunks

X-LG 15gal:  $110
inquire for details

NECTARINES: SunHome 15g
NECTARINES: SunHome 15g
15gal / 7' -8' tall / 3.5-4.5' wide / 1.25" callipers / grafted: expect 20-40 pcs of fruit first season in the ground;
Available Qty: 5

 



Picture this in your garden!

Nectarine blossoms

From blossoms to fruit in 70 to 90 days

tiny nectarines forming

Tiny nectarines forming

Picture this in your garden !

Picture this in your garden !

 

 

 

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