Think you can’t grow a nectarine in the Midwest? Think again. These trees thrive in US growing zones 5-8 and produce a hearty crop of fruit with just two medium-sized trees. Below is a little more about these trees that produce “fuzzless,” peach-like fruit:
* The nectarine is a species of peach, but produces fuzz-less fruit.
* Nectarines may be white or orange-colored and are generally smaller and sweeter than peaches.
* Nectarines date back to 17th century England.
* These trees thrive in full sun and in well-drained soil.
* Nectarine trees require a good air flow to prevent rot.
* For an optimum harvest, it’s best to thin the fruit before it fully develops.
* In the Midwest, nectarines are ready to harvest in late August to early September.
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