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Nectarine - Lord Napier

Large mouth-watering fruit, full of juice, white flesh with a crimson-flushed skin. Reliable and prolific, excellent outdoor variety for the British climate, needs a sunny sheltered spot - a south or west-facing wall or a glasshouse or conservatory. Self-fertile.

Season: Early August

Planting Distance: 5m (16ft)

Approximate Height: 4m (13ft) after 10 years

The major cause of poor pollination is bad weather at blossom time, limiting the activity of insects, particularly in the case of nectarines which usually bloom in February or March. In a bad year a soft paint brush can dramatically improve results.

This nectarine tree is growing on a semi-dwarf rootstock, ideal for the average garden.

Nectarines need a sunny site and a neutral soil to crop well, a pH of 6.0 - 7.5 is ideal.