I've had some wonderful nectarines this season and I dream of growing a
tree one day and picking my own nectarines, even though I live in
I've done some reading; looks quite possible to grow a tree from a pit,
and actually get fruit. But then, how tall might the thing get? I'm a
bit confused on how to process the pit in the first place, much more than
to dry out the stone first. then it needs some time in the refrigerator,
crack the stone and plant the seed within? Could I keep it indoors and
take it out each spring for the summer and early fall?
anyone have any experience with this?
I wouldn't bother. A grafted specimen will do much better and produce better
fruit more reliably. Assuming that the thing will fruit at all where you are.
You could do that but the tree will necessarily be stunted unless you have it
in a tub that needs a fork-lift to move.
I live in a much warmer climate (zone 9) so I don't have experience of zone 5
but you could have problems with any number of aspects of that climate,
especially with late frosts knocking off your new buds in the spring. This
doesn't sound like a good first project for a beginning orchardist to me but I
will leave it to those who have lived in such a fridge to have the final word.
I would go to starkbrothers myself and order one. I don't have the
patience to wait 6 or 7 years for fruit. with a bought one you would
have fruit in as little as 2 or 3 years. yes they do have them hardy
to zone 5
You'd probably be better off doing some research into varities and
find something that has a reasonable chance of producing in Chicago.
A standard tree will grow 20-30 feet. You can get a dwarf or
semi-dwarf from a reputable nursery that will only grow 12-20 feet.
I have a peach that bore it's first crop this year. It's really great
to walk out the back door, pul one off the tree, bite into it and have
the warm juice run down your chin.
The peach is a standard - I had enough peaches to put up 50 pints of
I get plenty of peaches here in a northern suburb of Chicago.
Nectarines should behave similarly. As stated in another post,
a grafted tree will bear fruit much sooner than a standard tree,
and it is much easier to maintain.
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