Grow a nectarine tree yourself

Grow a nectarine tree yourself

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.