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SunGlo Nectarine
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    SunGlo Nectarine

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    Growing Zones: 5-8
    Growing Zones: 5-8
    Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
    Mature Width: 8-15 ft.
    Sunlight: Full Sun
    Spacing: 10 ft.
    Botanical: Prunus persica var. nectarina Stark® ‘SunGlo’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ, AR, CA, ID, LA, OR, LA

    Harvest 50 lbs. of Fruit from One SunGlo Nectarine Tree

    The word “nectarine” means “sweet as nectar,” and that’s just what you’ll taste when you bite into a luscious fruit from your SunGlo Nectarine tree (Prunus persica var. nectarina Stark® ‘SunGlo’). You’ll be the envy of your neighborhood when you share your homegrown nectarines with friends. But don’t give too many away because you’ll want to keep plenty of these luscious fruits for yourself! Treat yourself today by deciding to plant a SunGlo Nectarine tree as your next healthy indulgence.

    Nectarines are Like Peaches, Only Better.
    In a nutshell, it’s a “fuzzless peach!” Peaches, nectarines, and plums are related to each other as members of the Prunus genus of plants. There’s a bit of confusion among some folks who think that nectarines are the result of crossbreeding peaches and plums. But nectarines are actually a separate variety, which is not a result of crossbreeding. Their lack of fuzzy skin is only because they naturally have a recessive gene that is not present in peaches. And nectarines are more brightly colored than peaches simply because peach fuzz dulls the true skin color of peaches. So if you love the taste of peaches, but you don’t like biting into fuzzy fruits, choose SunGlo Nectarine for a smooth-skinned alternative!

    SunGlo Nectarines are of The Highest Quality and have an Unforgettably Sweet Flavor!
    SunGlo Nectarine trees produce 3-inch fruits of the highest quality. These beauties have golden-yellow skin with a vivid-red blush splashed across each fruit. The deep-yellow flesh is firm but juicy, and as their name implies … each bite is sweet as nectar! In fact, nectarines are typically sweeter than peaches, according to the University of California Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center. SunGlo Nectarines also ripen earlier than most other nectarines, so you’ll be able to begin harvesting your fruit in early August.

    Eat Without Interruption with an Easy to Remove Seed!
    SunGlo Nectarines are categorized as “stone fruits,” which have very large, hard seeds. Some stone fruits are “clingstone” types (the flesh clings to the seed), and other types of stone fruits are “freestone” (the seed easily releases from the flesh). SunGlo Nectarines are freestone fruits, so this means you will not struggle to remove the seeds – they’ll fall away easily – which makes these delectable nectarines so much easier to eat!

    Perfect to Plant if You’re a Clean Eater!
    You just can’t get a fresher nectarine than one you grow in your own backyard! The health benefits of fresh fruits are at their highest as soon as a fruit is plucked from the plant. With each SunGlo nectarine that you eat, you’ll be providing your body with a slew of vitamins, minerals, and other dietary benefits. These fruits abound in vitamins, such as A, C, and E. And they’re rich in potassium, beta-carotene, dietary fiber and antioxidants. The Ohio State University Extension reports that compared to peaches, nectarines contain more Vitamin C, twice the Vitamin A, and much more potassium!

    Pale Pink Flowers that Favor Roses!
    You’ll grow a SunGlo Nectarine tree for its fruit, but you’ll also receive a little bonus … dazzling pink to pinkish-white flowers in spring! Nectarine trees are members of the same plant family that roses belong to, so each delicate nectarine flower resembles a single-blossom old-fashioned rose – you know, the kind of rose that your grandmother probably had in her yard! You can look for the flowers to make their appearance from mid-March to mid-April, depending on your climate. And because the blooms are so showy, you’ll want to plant your tree in a prominent spot to enjoy the show.

    The Perfect Size for Small Yards
    Based on its mature size, SunGlo Nectarine is classified as a semi-dwarf fruit tree. This category includes trees that typically grow only 10 to 12 feet tall (although your tree may grow to 15 feet). These trees take up less space in your yard or garden, which is a definite plus if you have a small landscape. As a smaller fruiting tree, SunGlo Nectarine is also “precocious” – it flowers earlier in the year and bears fruit at a younger age than standard-sized trees. And the icing on the cake is that SunGlo Nectarines are more productive and they require less pruning than larger fruit trees!

    A Fruit Tree that Doesn’t Need a Pollenizer!
    More good news here. Unlike many other types of fruit trees, SunGlo Nectarine trees do not require a pollen partner – another tree that lends its pollen to fertilize the flowers. So you only need one SunGlo tree to grow your own fruit! Each mature tree will reward you with up to 50 pounds of fruit, so if you love nectarines, you may want to order more than one tree so you’ll have plenty to share with friends and family.

    Freeze the Surplus
    Some fruits simply do not freeze well. One of the outstanding characteristics of SunGlo Nectarines is that they retain their flavor when you freeze them (or even when you can them). Because the fruits will darken when exposed to air, you’ll need to process them so that they retain their vibrant golden color using this simple 3-step process:

    1. Dissolve ¼ teaspoon of ascorbic acid in 3 tablespoons of water and stir this solution into 1 quart of sliced or diced nectarines to coat the fruit. (You can find ascorbic acid at your grocery store.)
    2. For each quart of fruit, add 2/3 cup of sugar and mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
    3. Freeze the fruit mixture in a plastic freezer container.

    Hardiness Zones and Chill Hours
    These two considerations are important to make sure 1) you live in an area that supports the year-round growth of SunGlo Nectarine trees, and 2) winter temperatures are sufficiently cold to allow your tree to set fruit, based on SunGlo’s chill-hour requirement. This is a measure of how many average annual hours the temperatures fall below 45 degrees F. SunGlo Nectarine is a perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 8, and its chill-hour requirement is 800. You can call your Cooperative Extension Service to find out if your region’s chill hours meet this requirement.

    Plan First
    Even before you order your SunGlo Nectarine tree, you’ll get it off to its best start by planning where you’ll plant it. Look around outside with these guidelines in mind:

    • Find a sunny spot – at least 6 hours of direct sun each day (8 hours is even better).
    • Choose a planting site that doesn’t hold water after it rains. SunGlo Nectarine trees must have good drainage or their roots can rot.
    • Picture what your tree will look like when it’s fully mature, and plan for your tree’s mature size by spacing it at least 15 feet from other plants, your home, or other structures.

    Prepare the Site Before You Plant
    If your garden soil is heavy clay, till or spade the entire planting area (not just the planting hole) to loosen the soil. Incorporate an organic amendment, such as compost or well-aged animal manure, into the loosened soil. This simple prep step will make all the difference in the healthy establishment of your SunGlo Nectarine tree!

    Plant Your Tree
    Dig a planting hole that’s wider than it is deep – three times as wide but only as deep as the rootball. Set your tree into the hole, making sure that the top of the rootball is no deeper than the level of the soil around the planting hole. Fill the hole with the soil you removed, and gently press down on the soil to settle your tree into its new home. Build up a rim around the outside of the hole by mounding the soil 2 inches higher than the soil surface. This will create a basin to direct water downward to the tree’s root system. Otherwise, the water may drain away from your plant before it has time to soak the roots. Give your newly planted tree a deep drink of water, and keep it watered well, particularly during its first year after transplanting.

    Fertilize Your Tree
    There’s a great variation in the fertility of different types of soil from different growing regions and climates. If you apply fertilizer randomly without knowing the specific content of the soil, you may apply too much, which can burn the roots or hinder fruit production. Did you know that your local Cooperative Extension Service performs soil tests at a nominal fee? Their testing will reveal the soil pH and any nutrient deficiencies or excesses that are present in the soil. Apply fertilizer only at the recommendation of a soil test to be sure your tree receives the very best nutrients and in the correct quantities. You won’t have to apply fertilizer until your tree begins to bear fruit, and you don’t want to add fertilizer to the planting hole.

    Do I Need to Prune My Tree?
    When you receive your tree, it will arrive already pruned and perfectly shaped by our experts so all you have to do is plant it! In subsequent years, you’ll have very minimal pruning work to keep your tree bearing nectarines. Wait until your tree is dormant – late winter is a good time to prune. Choose three to five of the most vigorous branches that grow directly from the trunk, which point outward and form a v-shape, and prune away all the others.

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