Even though nurseries and plant shops are filled with hundreds of different varieties of orchids, only a few have managed to become the “it” plant. That honor goes to the winner of our poll, the Nectarine tree. With a root system that is as diverse as it is beautiful, the Nectarine deserves to be in the top position.
The basic care instructions for every variety are fairly simple. Just follow these to plant and maintain it properly. Nectarine flowers come in a wide variety of colors, so you should have no problem finding one that suits your color scheme. For instance, if you love the look of purple, you can easily find orchids that have purple petals and a purple-blue center. On the other hand, if you prefer green, you can find green orchids with beautiful foliage.
When caring for your Nectarine, do not expect it to do miracles. Although it comes with a full year warranty, this does not mean that it will always grow and bloom beautifully. You must know what you are doing, and practice good common sense when choosing plants for your home. Following are instructions carefully will help ensure that you get full blooms and beautiful displays of colors every time.
The best way to start caring for your Nectarine is to remember that it is a tropical plant, and requires a certain humidity level. As such, you should try to keep your greenhouse at around seventy five degrees, and allow it to get as high as ninety degrees during some of the hotter months. Make sure that you never place the plant on an unheated porch, or anywhere where direct sunlight is not available. The heat from direct sunlight can cause too much damage and could kill the plant before it has even bloomed. While most varieties do fine on a sunny window, others will not flower at all without the extra humidity.
In addition, it is important to follow care instructions closely. It is not a good idea to water your Nectarine more than once per week, and try to avoid over watering. You should use only a small amount of water when watering and make sure that you always pay close attention to the soil. If the soil seems dry, it is probably not being given enough water, and you should give more. Failure to correct the condition of the soil could lead to the plant wilting under the weight of the water.
Finally, keep in mind that there is a dormant period during which the Nectarine will not produce any flowers. During this time, it will not look as colorful, but neither will it droop. This is actually a good thing, because it means that the flowers will not interrupt your daily life for quite some time. When the dormant period ends, however, the flowers will begin to bloom again, and you will have to take special care not to damage them by trying to remove the flowers.