They grow best in cool climates as they require a certain number of chilling hours, but there are varieties available now that allow them to also grow in warmer areas. Check the label before purchasing to see if it’s right for your garden.
Heavily prune in winter to help open up the centre, to create an open vase-shape to allow more light and air to circulate. Once this framework is established, you should only need to remove dead, weak and crowded branches in the future.
In the early stages of cropping, remove excess fruit – they can be rubbed off – so that the remaining fruit will grow to a good size.
Peaches and nectarines bear fruit on laterals (shoots) produced the previous summer. Laterals fruit for one season only, so there must be plenty of new ones coming on each year for continuous cropping.