Cultivar; Ne Plus Ultra -NE 409
Clone Number; NE 409
Royalties/ Levies; not enough data
Yield; 6kg per tree
Fruit use; the fruits are sweet, used in medicinal and commercial processing. Nuts are of poor quality and are not worth as much as other varieties.
Type; a french variety
Shelf-life; Approximately two years, depending on the type of processing used.
Water requirements; 8.5 to 12 Mega-litres per hectare per year
Soil type; can be grown in almost any soil type, but a well-draining soil with a pH of around 6.5 to 8 is best.
Sun requirements; at least 6 hours of full sun daily
Chill hours; 250 hours below 7C
Pruning; Can be done to reduce pathogens, keep the orchard tidy and create pathways for workers and farm machinery. In the developmental years, pruning helps prevent the trees branches from breaking under heavy yields, but after the first two or three years it is best to keep it to a minimum.
Soil depth; All nut trees have long tap roots and thus require deep soil to thrive.
Care; Prefers long, hot summers in a climate with a low humidity.
Fertiliser requirements; Need lots of nitrogen and phosphorous for good growth
Pollination requirements; Like most almond varieties, Ne Plus Ultra does not self-pollinate and requires another compatible variety of almonds to be pollinated.
Successful test-crosses; nonpareil, peerless,
Bloom time;middle of August
Harvest time; First week of February
Size and shape; large, spreading reaches about 4m tall.
Tree age; takes 3 to 4 years before fruiting
Average life span; 20 to 25 years depending on the rootstock used.
Susceptibility to pests and disease; susceptible to frost, highly susceptible to Xanthomonas.
General notes; Easily damaged by frost, often used as a pollinator for other varieties. Often subject to fruit drop. Relatively heat and drought tolerant.