Nectarines are similar to peaches in how they taste and how they are grown. The only easily observable difference is that nectarines have smooth skin, whereas peaches have a light fuzz. Follow the steps below to learn how to grow nectarines. Make a soil bed for your nectarine tree. You’ll need to prepare the soil a year or two before planting. Choose an area where the tree can get full sunlight. Avoid shade from structures or trees.
- Homegrown fruit from your own trees tastes so much better than store bought fruit. Even if you live in a climate with harsh winters, you can grow fruit trees in containers.
- If you start growing a nectarine tree from a sapling, start with a relatively small container and transplant every year or two until you reach 15-20 gallons.
- Growing nectarines in pots requires a fair amount of care. Most importantly, be sure to prune your growing tree so that it develops low, horizontal branches like shrub.
“When growing nectarines in containers, you have to accept that your tree won’t get to be as big as it would if it were planted in the ground, especially if you’re planning on moving the tree with the coming and going of winter.”