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Mericrest Nectarine

A Top Choice for Northern Growers
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  • SKU: 62632
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Mericrest Nectarine

Description
Produces plenty of attractive, dark red, smooth-skinned fruits with firm yellow fresh and a mild, slightly tangy flavor. This freestone variety is excellent for eating fresh and cans well too. Ripens in mid to late August. One of the hardiest nectarine varieties available, Mericrest can take temperature to -14 degrees F. without loss of crop. Resistant to brown rot and leaf spot. Requires 800 chill hours. Self-pollinating, but produces even larger yields with another peach or nectarine variety. Zones 5-8.

Now available in Reachables size! A Reachables tree produces full-sized fruits, but on a smaller tree. That makes it easier to fit into your garden, orchard—or even a container. It's also easier to manage than full-sized trees. One person can prune, spray, net and harvest the tree—all while standing on the ground. Note: Because their full-sized fruits grow on smaller trees, Reachables require a tree support.

Why buy a Deluxe package - Deluxe fruit trees include 2 oz. Quik-Cal Pelletized Calcium to enhance fruit quality, 12 oz. bag of Fruit Tree Food Starter Formula, easy-to-use tree ties, a premium tree guard to protect the trunk from gnawing pests, mowers and weed trimmers, and a copy of Backyard Horticulture for Fun and Profit--How to Make $10,000 in Your Spare Time.

NOTE: We are unable to ship our trees to PO Boxes at this time.

Product Details
  • FormDeciduous, spreading.
  • LightFull Sun
  • HeightStandard: 16 feet. Reachables: 6-8 feet. Reachables tree heights will vary some based on location, soil, light, temperature, and other environmental factors.
  • SpreadStandard: 18 feet
  • SpacingStandard: 16 feet. Reachables: 8-12 feet.
  • Zones5 - 8 (-10° F.)
  • FoliageDark green, long narrow leaves.
  • Flower Form1-inch, pink blossoms.
  • ColorWhite
  • BloomsApril
  • FruitMild, slightly tangy freestone fruit with dark redskin and golden flesh.
  • Soil RequirementsWell-drained, fertile, organic soil.
  • Growth RateMedium growth rate.
  • PruningNectarine trees need to be pruned to optimize fruit production and allow light into the tree. Most home gardeners do not prune their trees enough. Pruning encourages new growth and shapes the tree. Prune nectarines hard, removing most of the previous year's growth. Fruit will be produced on the previous year's wood, so leave enough to ensure a good crop, but not overburden the tree. Removing interior branches opens up the tree and allows sunlight to penetrate to lower branches.
  • PollinatorSelf-pollinating, yields better with another peach or nectarine variety.
  • CommentsThe hardiest nectarine. 800 chill hours. Can take temperatures to -14 degrees F. without loss of crop.-20 degrees F. Smooth dark red skin. Firm yellow freestone flesh. Excellent quality. Resistant to brown rot and leaf spot.
  • YieldStandard: Approximately 3-6 bushels at maturity -- Reachables: 3/4 - 1 bushel
  • Botanical NamePrunus persica 'Mericrest'
  • Size1 inch blossoms.
  • DepthLocate the planting depth indicator, the marked line above the tree's root system. The graft should be about 2 inches above the soil surface.
Shipping Schedule

Shipping Schedule

Orders for general merchandise and gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days. Most times, orders having items with different shipping schedules are held in full until the entire order is ready to ship based on your grow zone.

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country using the shipping timeframes outlined below. We continually monitor weather conditions for extreme hot or cold and adjust shipping schedules as needed. Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items in July and August.

Spring 2019 Shipping Schedule for Plants
Zones Annual Vegetable Plants  Potatoes  Sweet Potatoes
1A-4A 5/13/19 - 6/21/19 3/25/19 - 6/14/19 5/20/19 - 6/7/19
4B 5/13/19 - 6/21/19 3/25/19 - 6/14/19 5/20/19 - 6/7/19
5A 5/13/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/14/19 5/13/19 - 6/7/19
5B 5/13/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/14/19 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
6A 5/13/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/14/19 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
6B 5/13/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/14/19 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
7A 5/13/19 - 6/21/19 2/25/19 - 6/14/19 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
7B 4/15/19 - 6/21/19 2/25/19 - 6/14/19 4/29/19 - 6/7/19
8A & B 4/15/19 - 6/21/19 2/18/19 - 6/14/19 4/22/19 - 6/7/19
9A & B 4/15/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 6/14/19 4/22/19 - 6/7/19
10A & B 4/15/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 6/14/19 4/15/19 - 6/7/19
Last Order Date 6/17/2019 6/10/2019 6/3/2019
Zones Onion Plants  Fruit Trees Bareroot Roses
1A-4A 4/1/19 - 5/10/19 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 4/15/19 - 5/31/19
4B 4/1/19 - 5/10/19 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 4/15/19 - 5/31/19
5A 3/25/19 - 5/10/19 3/18/19 - 6/21/19 4/1/19 - 5/31/19
5B 3/25/19 - 5/10/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19 3/18/19 - 5/31/19
6A 3/4/19 - 5/10/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 5/31/19
6B 2/25/19 - 5/10/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 5/31/19
7A 2/18/19 - 5/10/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/25/19 - 5/31/19
7B 2/11/19 - 5/10/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/25/19 - 5/31/19
8A & B 1/28/19 - 5/10/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/18/19 - 5/31/19
9A & B 1/7/19 - 5/10/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 1/21/19 - 5/31/19
10A & B 1/7/19 - 5/10/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 1/21/19 - 5/31/19
Last Order Date 5/6/2019 6/17/2019 5/27/2019
Zones Tropicals & Houseplants Large Bareroots, Trees & Shrubs All Other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 4/29/19 - 6/21/19 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 4/29/19 - 6/21/19
4B 4/29/19 - 6/21/19 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 4/29/19 - 6/21/19
5A 4/29/19 - 6/21/19 3/18/19 - 6/21/19 4/1/19 - 6/21/19
5B 4/29/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19 3/18/19 - 6/21/19
6A 4/29/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19
6B 4/29/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19 3/4/19 - 6/21/19
7A 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
7B 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/25/19 - 6/21/19
8A & B 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/18/19 - 5/24/19
9A & B 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 5/24/19
10A & B 4/1/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 6/21/19 2/11/19 - 5/24/19
Last Order Date 6/17/2019 1A-7B: 6/17/19
8A-10B: 6/3/19
1A-7B: 6/17/19
8A-10B: 6/3/19

Additional Shipping Notes:

The type of product you order or the weather in our area to yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule, shifting earlier or later, depending.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until full dormant for optimum stress protection.

In all cases, we choose the fastest, most efficient way to send your orders via the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Large orders or large items may be shipped to you in multiple packages.

Sorry, we cannot ship products to Hawaii, Alaska, APO/FPO or outside the contiguous United States. Please provide a street address as some products are unable to be delivered to Post Office boxes.


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