Sauzee King Nectarine Tree

A very unique donut-shape, flat nectarine. An amazing white flesh fruit that has very sweet, juicy, and tasty flesh. The Sauzee King Nectarine has smooth skin that is reddish in color over bits of yellow. Harvest fruit in the Summer month of June.

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General Plant Information

Sauzee King Nectarine Tree Information and Care

The Sauzee King Nectarine trees can be kept small for the home orchard. Plant in the full sun and well draining soil. Water once to twice a week in the Spring to Summer depending on the weather. Notice how the temperature and humidity affect the soils moisture evaporation and trees transpiration.  Reduce frequency in the Fall as the weather cools down and the tree loses their leaves. Reduce the frequency gradually until you cut the water off for their Winter dormancy. Do not provide supplemental water while the tree is dormant.

The Winter is a great time to prune nectarine trees. Trees can be kept small, between 8-20 ft tall with a full and wide canopy. Pruning nectarine trees are easier than you may think. Most nectarine trees grown for orchards are a low branching form for easy picking, To continue to keep trees small, simply cut the highest branches to promote lower branching.  Cuts should be based on the form of the overall tree and to maintain a shorter but fuller tree. Thin out the lowest branches and those in the center of the tree. Also remove dry twigs or branches and those growing towards the tree, crossing, or growing completely straight up (suckers).

Nectarine Tree Fertilizer

Fertilize with organic fruit tree fertilizers. Make sure to till the top layer of the soil. In the Winter, apply steer manure along with fertilizers with higher phosphorus and potassium like humus and bone meal. Use more nitrogen-based organic fertilizers like blood meal in the Spring and Summer growing season. There is not much growth and production in the Fall, so do not fertilize to prevent thin and lanky growth.

Tips when Pruning Nectarine Trees

Trim trees in the Winter while dormant. Top the tips to reduce the height and encourage lower branches to grow. Remove any growth below the lowest main branches and the graft. Cut off dry twigs and growth crossing branches towards the center of the tree. Perform thinning in the Summer to direct the plant’s energy. Remove excess fruits to help remaining fruit to develop larger.

Pest Management

Use organic horticultural dormant sprays like Neem oil in the Winter to prevent soft bodies insects in Spring.


Mature Size

In the home orchard, plant trees about 10 feet apart, and trim them to stay between 8 – 15 feet tall. In a commercial farm, trees are spaced 15 feet apart with 20 feet rows are machinery. These trees are grow to 25 feet tall. Trees can become almost 40 feet tall in nature.

Dwarf
Standard and Semi-Dwarf Form: Our trees are grown in Standard and Semi-Dwarf forms. A Standard tree grows tall because the tip continues to grow. The tip of a Semi-Dwarf tree has been cut about 2 feet from the ground, therefore the tree has a shorter branching structure for easy picking.

Additional Information

Harvest Time : Summer
Watering : Regular
Sun Exposure : Full Sun or Part Shade
Plant Type: Deciduous
Pollination: Self-Fruitful / Self Pollinating
Chill Hours: Less than 400 hours below 45°F
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-10

Planting Information

Step One:

Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.

Step Two:

Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.

Step Three:

Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.

Plant Care Information

How To Water - Frequency and Duration to Irrigate

Newly planted trees should be watered regularly to establish well. The frequency of irrigation and quantity of water mainly depends on the season of the year, soil type, and size/age of the tree.

Frequency to water 

Discontinue watering in the Winter while the tree is dormant.
Begin to water weekly as the tree breaks bud and leafs out in the Spring.
Increase the frequency of water to twice per week in the Spring.
Water 2-3 times per week during the hot Summer months.
Reduce irrigation frequency to 1-2 times per week in the Fall.
Stop watering your tree in the Winter while it is dormant.

You may need to water sandy soils more frequently but less quantity because of sand’s lower water holding capacity.

Water Duration – Quantity of water

Drip System – 30- 60 minutes
Sprinkler – 15 – 25 minutes
PVC Bubbler – 5 – 7 minutes
Hose – Flood the trees watering well until the soil surrounding the tree’s roots reaches field capacity.

 

 

Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition

Fruit trees and edible plants need nutrients to grow. This is called fertilizer and it comes in different forms. Use organic manure, bone meal, blood meal, and humus based fertilizers. Apply fertilizers like manure along with a bone meal, humus based phosphorus fertilizer (1-2-2) NPK ratio in the late Winter, right before spring growth. Reapply with organic high nitrogen (2-1-1) or fertilizers with a 1-1-1 NPK as directed by the label during the Spring and Summer growing season. Do not fertilize in the Fall, new growth at this time will be thin, lanky, and weak.

Winter Pruning and Summer Thinning

Prune fruit trees in the Winter to maintain size and shape to prepare for Spring growth. Thin the tree in the Summer, and remove excess fruits. Remove any dry twigs and branches. Cut off any new growth below the graft or very low in the tree, this will direct the plant’s energy to its main branches. Thin your trees during the Spring and Summer seasons to ensure the plant’s energy is directed as desired. If the plant provides an overly large quantity of fruits for that branch, reduce the quantity of fruit so that what remains grows larger. This will also prevent broken limbs. Harvest ripe fruit to prevent undesired pests.

Harvesting and Pest Management

The basics of integrated pest management is cleanliness and the use of a combination of methods. This means we use an organic pesticide when the pest population reaches a threshold that requires action. Horticultural oils such as Neem oil is an organic pesticide that controls tiny, soft bodied insects. Use organic Bordeaux and Liqui-cop to manage fungus causing diseases such as powdery mildew, rust, and leaf-curls.

Keep a clean environment, free of weeds and dropped fruit that host insects or attract animals. Harvest when fruit reaches size and store indoors. Use repellants and bird netting to protect your harvest from other animals.

Limited Guarantee and Returns

Our plants are guaranteed to be true-to-name as labeled and in good condition when received. “Local pickup” means the customer will pick up at our nursery.  “Delivery” does NOT include planting, and customer must arrange to receive items once offloaded from our truck. Our driver may move items as a courtesy, but is not responsible for moving items further onto your property. Returns/Refunds are subject to a 10% restocking fee.

Compatibility

The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.

The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.

Pollination & Propagation

(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.