Thousands of years ago, it is believed that Nectarines were cultivated in China. Eventually, they were brought along the ancient trading “Silk Route” from China to the Middle East where they were cultivated for many centuries. Subsequently, it is believed that the Romans introduced Nectarines to Europe.
Nectarines are a smooth-skinned, cultivar of the Peach, but are not as robust.
Except possibly for the South of England, where they can be grown in a sheltered spot against a South facing wall, they are best grown in a conservatory or greenhouse elsewhere in the UK. While they are Winter hardy, the flowers may be damaged by frosts in February and March, and will need to be hand pollinated as there are few insects flying at that time. Grow as a fan rather than a bush, to help ripening. Remember that Peach Trees are easier to grow and more robust than Nectarines. Feed the plants regularly with some nitrogenous fertilizer as well as a high potash fertilizer, and keep well watered.
Pests and diseases. Watch out for red spider and greenfly and spray as necessary. Peach leaf curl will not be a problem in a greenhouse, but will be if the plant is grown outside.