Garden State Nectarine
- Growth Habit
'Garden State' is a mid-season, free-stone nectarine with excellent fresh eating qualities. The juicy yellow flesh has a citrus overtone and is a favorite of roadside stands and farmers markets. 'Garden State', like other trees in the same family, make excellent landscape and ornamental trees as well as orchard favorites. Their pink and white blossoms explode in the springtime bringing a beautiful bounty of perfume and joy to the garden. This variety is self fertile but we recommend going ahead and having another nectarine blooming similarly just to help with pollination and fruit yields.
Arm King reaches 15-20' high and 15-20' round at maturity. Garden State is a fairly moderately growing variety of Nectarine with an upright broad form, easy to grow and a reliable producer, bearing fruit from 2-3 years of age.
We prune our fruit trees after they become dormant in the winter and we fertilize in the spring before new growth starts using Espoma Citrus Toner fertilizer. Plant in full sun and in well-drained, but not dry, soil.
Nectarine trees belong to the Prunus family of plants which is the same as the cherry tree. As is the case with cherries, the pit contains small amounts of cyanide and this can cause poisoning in dogs. It is also a potential choking hazard as it is just the right size to get stuck in a dog's throat. Unfortunately, deer like to snack on nectarine trees!
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