Nectarine 'Lord Napier' Tree - Prunus persica - 9L pot

Code: TR0126
Nectarine 'Lord Napier' Tree - Prunus persica - 9L pot
Nectarine 'Lord Napier' Tree - Prunus persica - 9L pot

The 'Lord Napier' is an upright tree, which is slender and delicate, and fruits smooth, red, white-fleshed fruit, which is sweet and juicy. Ready to harvest in late summer, this deciduous tree is easy to keep, with little effort besides making sure to plan it in a sheltered, full sun position, or even keeping it indoors to keep it from frost and other weather issues, although unless given access to pollinating insects, it will, of course, not fruit.

Characteristics

  • Flower Colour: pink
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Height on arrival: 130-150cm
  • Approx. Growth Height: 4.5m
  • Rootstock: Seedling
  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Arrives in a: 170cm carton
  • Tree is approx 2 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: spring (April - May)
  • Harvesting Period: August
  • Season of Use: August - September
  • Growing Habit: bush, cordon, espalier, fan
  • Uses: eating fresh, cooking, jams
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: exposed, sheltered
  • Self pollinating: yes - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • Rate of Growth: fast
  • Scented: barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun
  • Soil Requirements: neutral, clay, loam, sand
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Q:Does Height Really Matter?

A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 4.5m with 4.5m between rows

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in an exposed or sheltered location in full sun.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination:

  • Pollination Group: Self pollinating

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is self-pollinating; it produces compatible flowers that can pollinate each other. However, even self-fertile varieties tend to crop better when another cultivar is planted nearby for pollination. Although this is not necessary to produce fruit, it will offer improved crops. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things a bit easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only an apple tree can pollinate another apple tree. However, if you buy two of these 'Lord Napier' trees, they will not offer each other any of the additional benefits of cross pollination.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).

Fruit Benefits

These fruits taste best when freshly picked from their branches. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Fruit plants are a valuable addition to any garden, bearing in mind that they do not only provide fruits, but also make a bold statement in garden arrangements by producing clouds of pink and white flowers, which at the slightest breeze fall like raindrops. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.

Optional Extras
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This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.
 
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.4/5 (5 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"Excellent quality - certainly will use Primrose again"

Reviewed Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Rating: 2/5

"The tree arrived with Curly leaf blight on the new leaves! Now half of the leaves have shrivelled up! I have followed the instructions and left it in water overnight before I planted it. I have watered it everyday since, but it is looking sadder by the day. I have purchased an Apple Tree and a Pear tree from another supplier and they are thriving, loads of leaves and in flower! So I am far from satisfied with my purchase. I was so looking forward to having fruit trees are n my new home and am sadly disappointed with this nectarine."

Reviewed Monday, 18 May 2015

Primrose says: "Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear your tree arrived in such bad condition. Please contact customer services to discuss your options, as we may be able to provide a replacement plant."
Rating: 5/5

"As Above"

Reviewed Thursday, 26 March 2015

Rating: 5/5

"As Above"

Reviewed Sunday, 7 September 2014

Rating: 5/5

"very good postage great very pleased with service sandra"

Reviewed Wednesday, 22 January 2014

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