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Mericrest Nectarine Tree
(Semi-dwarf)

Great Choice for Cold Areas

Item Number: FT121

$19.99

Pre-Order Today! ETA: 12/16/2016

$19.99

Pre-Order Today! ETA: 12/16/2016

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Description

Semi-dwarf on Citation rootstock.

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours: 800
  • Bloom Time: Mid to Late Season (Based on typical Central Valley California weather)
  • Harvest: July 7 - July 22
  • Looks: Fruit is large and red-skinned, the inside yellow and freestone.
  • Personality: Rich tangy flavor, high scorer on taste tests. Dave Wilson's Taste Test Top Scorer.
  • Facts of note: One of the hardiest nectarines. Highly recommended for very cold (sub-zero) temperatures. Because it's late blooming, chances are better for a reliable crop in cold winter or unpredictable spring climates. Prof. E.M. Meader of the New Hampshire Experimental Station crossed the well-known Nectarest with Merideth to get Mericrest.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful

Excellent eating fruit, a peach without the fuzz. Very vigorous. Similar to peach in cultural requirements. Requires pruning and thinning for consistent, quality crops. Dislikes high humidity. Moderate fertility and good drainage a must. Susceptible to peach leaf curl, brown rot, and oriental fruit moth. Trees are 2 years old and should begin to fruit in their 3rd year. Citation Rootstock is tolerant of wet soil, induces early dormancy in dry soil, is very winter hardy, resists root knot nematodes, and produces a 12'-18' tree. By pruning you can keep your tree at any height.

Check out our Fruit Tree Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.

Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties -- Mulberry, Persimmon, Quince, and Walnut -- that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (888) 784-1722 or orderdesk@groworganic.com. Additional shipping charges will apply.

Features

  • Flavor Pick
  • Freestone
  • Self-fruitful
  • Suited to Cold Climates

Characteristics

Chill Hours Needed 700-1000 hours Fruit is Good For Freezing, Fresh Eating
Shipped As Bare Root, Dormant Tree Size Semi-dwarf
Time to Fruit Production 1 Year Approximate Harvest Time Early Summer, Late Summer
Planting Time Winter USDA Zone 5 - 9
Chill Hours Needed 700-1000 hours
Fruit is Good For Freezing, Fresh Eating
Shipped As Bare Root, Dormant
Tree Size Semi-dwarf
Time to Fruit Production 1 Year
Approximate Harvest Time Early Summer, Late Summer
Planting Time Winter
USDA Zone 5 - 9

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Shipping Information

Ship up to 10 Bare Root Trees for As Low As $25!* *Shipping offer only available to the lower 48 states. Offer applies to those shipping West of the Rocky Mountains. $35 Flat Rate available to those shipping East of the Rocky Mountains. Actual shipping cost will be calculated based on your zip code. Nut & multi-graft trees count as 2 when calculating shipping. Offer applicable to bare root trees only. Ships via FedEx Home/Ground. Cannot ship to P.O. boxes. Cannot ship to the following states: AK, HI, PR, VI, GU. Cannot ship via USPS. Cannot ship via SmartPost. Cannot be combined with other items in a package, due either to its size or manufacturer packaging.

Shipping Weight: 6.00 lbs. Dimensions: 59"L x 11"W x 11"H

Guarantee

Limited Guarantee for Dormant Trees & Plants (When Planted in the Ground by April 1st)

Claim Deadline is June 1st (with the exception of persimmon trees, which have a deadline of June 15th)! Claims placed after June 1st (or June 15th for persimmon trees) will be denied.

What We Guarantee
Our only guarantee is that your dormant tree/plant will arrive in good, viable condition and will leaf out by May 15th (historically 98% of our trees do). This guarantee is only available to customers who purchased their tree/plant directly from us, and who planted their tree/plant in the ground by April 1st (or temporarily in a pot if the ground in their zone was still frozen solid).

What We Cannot Guarantee
We cannot guarantee that your tree/plant remains alive & healthy, or bears fruit, as there are too many variables beyond our control in order to do so (i.e. soil preparation, planting, fertilization, weed & pest control, adequate irrigation and/or drainage, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your zone, proper choice of pollinator, etc).

How to Request a Credit
If your tree/plant does not leaf out by May 15th, please perform a scratch test by checking for green under the bark, a few inches over the graft. If the scratch test reveals a brown cambium, that means your tree/plant is dead or dying. Watch our video titled Bare Root (Dormant) Warranty on how to perform this simple test. If the scratch test revealed that your plant is dead or dying, pull it from the ground and take pictures of the entire tree/plant, including the roots. Submit your claim & pictures by using the “Return an Item” tool on our Customer Service page (or email us at helpdesk@groworganic.com) no later than June 1st (or June 15th for persimmon trees). We will review your claim and issue you a credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of your tree/plant (excluding shipping).*

(*) We reserve the right to not issue credit for items purchased with credit, or if we determine (by the pictures you provide) that your tree/plant was improperly cared for (due to root rot, rodent or mechanical damage).

Reviews

Everything a Nectarine Should Be

This is a tasty, tangy nectarine. I like a lot of tang to my nectarines and this strikes the perfect balance for me between tang and sweet. My tree didn't produce huge fruit, but they were intensely flavorful. <br /><br />This variety is everything you'd want in a nectarine and the best part is it's fairly late blooming and cold hardy. My tree is five years old now and in a really tough winter, I'm talking snow the last week fo May, it only lost a few branches when in many parts of the area entire peach and nectarine trees were dying. I haven't had a big problem with curly leaf even with minimal spraying and I've had no other observable pest and disease problems with it. <br /><br />The tree when I got it was big and beautiful and has grown very well and strongly.

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