Growing a nectarine tree yourself - it starts with the core
Raising a nectarine tree begins with the core of a nectarine. Let this dry completely over a period of several weeks or months. To get the core to germinate, fill a six-inch clay pot with potting soil that shouldn't be too wet. Plant the nectarine seed about 8 centimeters deep in the ground.
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From the nectarine stone to the seedling
If you keep the soil evenly moist and at an optimal room temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, you will discover a seedling after just under a month. As an alternative to potting soil, you can bed the core of the nectarine on cotton wool, which should also be kept moist. With this variant, the germination process takes a little longer.
Comfort conditions for the seedling
So that the small plant can become a small nectarine tree, the seedling needs optimal conditions, which include
- no waterlogging,
- Temperatures over 20 degrees Celsius and
- a place in the sun.
As soon as the seedling gets bigger, it can be repotted in a larger pot. Because of its ability to hold water, use a clay pot, not a plastic one.
The first harvest
With appropriate care and gardening skills, you will be able to harvest the first fruits after a few years, although it can take five to seven years until then. However, the taste of the nectarines that you harvest from a self-grown nectarine tree differs significantly from the fruit you buy in stores. The reason is that refined fruits are sold in the trade.
Tips & Tricks
Before you put the nectarine seed in the ground, it must be completely dry. The reason is that it needs so-called stimulation in order to germinate, i.e. a kind of hibernation. Only then is growth stimulated. That is why it makes sense to store the core in a cool, dry and dark place over the winter so that it can only be planted in a pot in spring.