How to Plant Nectarines


Nectarines are relatively easy to plant but extremely difficult to grow. These peach-like fruit trees are prone to virulent insect infestations and disease. And because they flower early in spring, their blossoms are often killed by a late frost, which can ruin a crop. Furthermore, they have very specific soil and placement requirements. It takes an expert gardener who is well acquainted with the needs of their cultivar in a specific growing zone to grow a healthy nectarine that produces an edible crop.

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice the width and twice the depth of the container that your nectarine seedling is currently in.

Step 2

Mix half of the excavated soil with aged compost.

Step 3

Carefully remove the nectarine seedling from its container. Loosen its roots by gently pulling them away from the root ball.

Step 4

Plant the nectarine seedling in the hole so that the top of the root ball is at least one inch above the surrounding soil. You will have to fill in some of your soil mixture to raise the root ball to the appropriate height.

Step 5

Backfill the soil and then tamp it down with your feet to remove any air pockets.

Step 6

Water the tree roots thoroughly, but not enough to soak the soil.

Step 7

Add a 3-inch layer of manure mulch around the base of the tree but do not allow it to rest against the trunk of the seedling.

Tips and Warnings

  • Nectarines need full sun to thrive and fruit. They will not tolerate shade. Test your soil's pH. Nectarines cannot tolerate acidic soil. Amend acidic soil with lime. Nectarines will not tolerate wet feet and need well-drained soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Shovel


  • The Telegraph: How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines
  • Ohio State University: Growing Peaches and Nectarines in the Home Landscape
Keywords: plant nectarine, nectarine tree, nectarine soil

About this Author

Emma Gin is a freelance writer who specializes in green, healthy and smart living. She is currently working on developing a weight-loss website that focuses on community and re-education. Gin is also working on a collection of short stories, because she knows what they say about idle hands.