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Peach and NectarineTrees

Thanks to careful cultivation, there are varieties of peach and nectarine trees that can be grown successfully in Florida.

These trees are deciduous, and need a certain amount of exposure to cold winter temperatures each year. This amount varies among cultivars and is called the “chilling requirement.”

Cultivars with higher chilling requirements should only be grown in Northwest Florida, but others have been developed for Central and North Florida.

Once your young tree is planted, train it to have an open, soup-bowl shape. After the first two years, prune it twice a year. Trim the tree lightly during the early summer, saving heavy pruning for the dormant season. Look for your fruit to ripen in April or May.

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