Arctic Rose Nectarine Care: What Is An Arctic Rose Nectarine

Arctic Rose Nectarine Care: What Is An Arctic Rose Nectarine

By: Teo Spengler

With a name like “Arctic Rose” nectarine, this is a fruit that makes lots of promises. What is an Arctic Rose nectarine? It is a delicious, white-fleshed fruit that can be eaten when crunchy-ripe or soft-ripe. If you are considering growing peaches or nectarines in a backyard orchard, Arctic Rose white nectarine is a great place to start. Read on for information about this interesting cultivar, plus tips on Arctic Rose nectarine care.

About Nectarine ‘Arctic Rose’

Has it ever occurred to you that a nectarine tastes like a peach without fuzz? Well that hunch was right. Genetically, the fruits are identical, although individual cultivars may look or taste different.

Nectarine ‘Arctic Rose’ (Prunus persica var. nucipersica) is one cultivar that both looks and tastes different from other peaches and nectarines. What is an Arctic Rose nectarine? It is a freestone fruit with white flesh. The fruit is bright red in color, and extremely firm in texture when first ripe. Eaten just ripe, the fruit is very crunchy with an exceptionally sweet taste. As it continues to ripen, it gets sweeter and softer.

Arctic Rose Nectarine Care

Peaches and nectarines are a real treat picked from your own tree, but they are not “plant and forget” fruit trees. You’ll have to be ready to work hard to keep your trees happy and healthy. To get high-quality fruit, you’ll need to plant your tree in a good site with direct sunshine and well-draining soil. You’ll also have to deal with pests and diseases that can attack the trees.

Worst, you can lose your crop to flower bud kill from low winter temperatures or to bloom kill by late-spring frosts. Your best bet is to choose bud-hardy cultivars and protect the flowers from frosts – like Arctic Rose.

If you are considering planting a nectarine Arctic Rose nectarine, the tree requires between 600 and 1,000 chilling hours (below 45 F./7 C.). It thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9.

The tree grows to 15 feet (5 m.) in both directions and requires the same intensive open-center pruning as peach trees do. This allows the sun to get inside the canopy.

The Arctic Rose white nectarine tree requires a moderate amount of water. As long as the soil drains well, it’s best to keep the soil somewhat moist.

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How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines

Peaches and nectarines are easy to grow.

Peaches and nectarines are semi-hardy deciduous woody perennial trees. They grow best where summer is hot and where winter temperatures regularly fall below 45°F. Nectarines like slightly warmer conditions.

Peaches and nectarines are less hardy than apples their range is farther south and at lower elevations than apples.

Peaches and nectarines are different forms of the same fruit. The peach has a fuzzy skin. The nectarine is a smooth-skinned peach. Peaches are round slightly smaller than an apple or baseball. A nectarine is usually smaller than a peach

Nectarines are sweeter than peaches with a more distinctive aroma.

If you don’t live in an optimal climate for peaches and nectarines, plant them against a sheltered, south-facing wall or in containers that can be moved to warm, sheltered spots that stay warm and sunny.

Armking nectarines are average-sized and can be either round or slightly elongated. In fact, they sometimes appear to be irregular in shape because the shape can vary so much. They have a beautiful orange-red color and yellow, moderately firm flesh. Their taste is a little on the acidic side, and the stone has somewhat adhered to the flesh.

Nectarine 'Arctic Rose'


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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

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Gardeners' Notes:

On Dec 13, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This tree produces fruit that is low-acid in taste and white-fleshed. Very tasty. The skin of the fruit is red. Freestone. Harvest Date: 1st to 2nd week of July. Estimated Chilling Requirements: 900 to 1000 hours. Self-fertile.

This tree requires pruning and thinning for consistent, quality crops. Moderate fertility and good drainage a must.

Generally, nectarines don't do well in humid climates. They are susceptible to peach leaf curl, brown rot & oriental fruit moth.