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Nectarines;May Glo

Cultivar; May Glo

Clone Number; MG 863

Origin; USA, 1987, (Fayette peach x May Grande)

Royalties/ Levies; ZAR 3.09 Levy

Yield; very good,

Fruit use; fresh,

Type; cling

Shelf-life;good, 3 weeks at -0.5C

Water requirements; 7155 m3/ha

Sun requirements; at least six hours of full sun, a nectarine tree that is grown in partial shade will not bear as prolifically.

Chill hours; 400 to 600 hours

Pruning; cut off dead or diseased limbs, those that cause the tree to grow too high, you want to keep the nectarine tree short and allow for sunlight to reach as much of the tree as possible... Over pruning can affect yield.

soil requirements; well-draining soils of a pH of 6 to 6.5, sandy or loamy soils are preferable.

Soil depth; at least 600mm

Care; don't mulch against the tree trunk as this can cause disease.

Fertiliser requirements; nitrogen (for encouraging growth), phosphorous/phosphates and potassium are recommended to encourage growth, calcium improves leaf and fruit quality.

Pollination requirements; self-fertile

Successful test-crosses; not necessary

Bloom time;July

Harvest time; November

Vigor;moderate to strong

Size and shape; upright

Tree age; will start to fruit at 3 to 4 years, and will reach peak yields at the age of 6 to 8.

Average life span; approximately 12 years depending on the rootstock used.

Susceptibility to pests and disease;susceptible to gumspot

General notes; fruit tends to be small, leaves easily show signs of nitrogen deficiency

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