Nectarines

 

Note: Ripening times based on the Adelaide HillsNectarines

Nectarines are self fertile and grow in a range of soils. They prefer cold winters and a sunny position. To ensure large fruit, make sure water is kept up during fruit development. Thin fruit to maximise fruit size and to prevent brown rot.

Cardinal
Fruit:
Medium round.
Skin: 75% red over green-yellow background.
Flesh: White, juicy and sweet, excellent flavour.
Stone: Freestone.
Maturity: Ripens late December.
Comments: A good early nectarine for home gardens. Good bearer.

Firebrite
Fruit:
Medium to large round.
Skin: 75% red blush over red-speckled yellow background.
Flesh: Yellow, firm, juicy with fair flavour.
Stone: Freestone.
Maturity: Ripens late December.
Comments: Produces high quality fruit.

Valley Gold™ Super Dwarf Nectarine
Fruit:
Medium round oblong.
Skin: Bright red skin over green-yellow.
Flesh: Yellow, medium quality.
Stone: Freestone.
Maturity: Ripens January.
Comments: Ideal for growing in pots, easily maintained to 1.5m. Showy pink blossom. Prolific bearer.

Peacharine
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Fruit:
Medium to large round.
Skin: 80% red blush over green-yellow background.
Flesh: Yellow, firm, juicy and sweet, medium flavour.
Stone: Freestone.
Maturity: Ripens late January.
Comments: Rich flavour, prolific bearing, highly popular.

Flavortop
Fruit:
Medium to large oblong.
Skin: 80% red, mottled blush over green-yellow background.
Flesh: Yellow, firm, juicy and sweet, excellent flavour.
Stone: Freestone.
Maturity: Ripens late January.
Comments: One of the best. High quality fruit, very productive. A dwarf version is also now available.

Fantasia
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Fruit: Large round oblong.
Skin: 75% bright red blush over yellow background.
Flesh: Yellow, firm, good flavour.
Maturity: Ripens late January.
Stone: Freestone.
Comments: Very good commercial variety with extensive plantings.

Goldmine
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Fruit:
Medium round.
Skin: Dark maroon over green-yellow background.
Flesh: White, juicy and sweet, excellent flavour, melting texture.
Stone: Freestone.
Maturity: Ripens mid February.
Comments: Still one of the best flavoured nectarines. Fine textured. Strong grower, suitable for drying.

Fairlane
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Fruit:
Medium to large round.
Skin: 75% red over green-yellow background.
Flesh: Yellow; firm; juicy and sweet.
Stone: Semi freestone.
Maturity: Ripens early to mid March.
Comments: A very good late Nectarine with very little competition.

Crimson Baby – Dwarf
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Fruit: Medium to large.
Skin: Yellow skin with red blush.
Flesh: Yellow flesh.
Stone: Clingstone.
Maturity: Late November.
Comments: A well-known commercial nectarine, now in a dwarf tree completely self fertile and very fruitful. Grows to 1.5-2m. Requires staking.

Royal Gem™ – Dwarf
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Fruit:
Medium size.
Skin: Deep red skin, creamy background.
Flesh: Pinky white.
Stone: Semi freestone.
Maturity: Early December.
Comments: A premium French variety with firm flesh and fantastic flavour. Grows to 1.5-2m. Requires staking.

Tuscany™ – Dwarf
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Fruit:
Medium to large round.
Skin: Deep red.
Flesh: White, aromatic, great flavour.
Stone: Freestone.
Maturity: Early February.
Comments: Developed in Italy, this nectarine has superb aromatic flavour.