Cultivar; Nonpareil - NP 407
Clone Number; NP 407
Royalties/ Levies; not enough data
Yield; medium (5kg per tree)
Fruit use; Good quality nut, easily blanched,
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; 400 hours under 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; peerless, ferranges, texas mission
Bloom time; mid August
Harvest time; Last week of January
Size and shape; semi-spreading, large upright tree.
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; shell is poorly sealed and susceptible to insect damage
General notes; easily knocked and harvested, cracks well, easy to process, highly prized for the fruit quality, commands one of the highest market price. This cultivar is the most common. Not recommended for summer rainfall areas. Bears regularly.