• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Prunus persica var. nectarina 'Lord Napier' (F)

Nectarine 'Lord Napier'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
Nectarine 'Lord Napier'

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  • Other common names Nectarine 'Lord Napier'

  • Synonyms Prunus persica 'Lord Napier'

  • Genus Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

  • Family Rosaceae / Rosaceae

  • Species Nectarine 'Lord Napier' has pale yellow and crimson fruits that are juicy and have a good flavour. Cropping is in early August

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)
    Old hardiness ratings

    While we update our systems with the new hardiness ratings you may still see old hardiness ratings in your search results. These are denoted as 'Old'.

    • H1 - Requires heated glass
    • H2 - Requires unheated glass
    • H3 - Hardy outside in some regions of the UK
    • H4 - Hardy throughout the UK
    • H1 + H3 - Requires heated glass but may be grown outside in summer

    For full details of the hardiness ratings see

    see more

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a moist but well-drained soil in full sun and in a sheltered position. Compact forms such as 'Necterella' can be grown in a container in a John Innes No 2 compost. Nectarines are self-fertile, so a pollination partner is not needed

Propagation Nectarines can be propagated by seed, but the resulting fruit is rarely as good a quality as the parent. They are usually propagated by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders

How to care

Pruning Train fan-trained and Prune established fans. Alternatively, grow as a free-standing tree; pruning is the same as that for pruning acid cherries

Pests Aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and brown scale can be problematic, especially on wall-trained or glasshouse-grown nectarines

Diseases Protect nectarines from peach leaf curl which is the main problem. Silver leaf, brown rot and replant disease can also occur

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