Plant of the Day
Monday 8 February 2016
The skilfully fan-trained Prunus persica ‘Early Rivers’ (peach) and Prunus persica var. nucipersica ‘Pinapple’ (nectarine) in a restored Victorian Peach House. Nectarines and peaches are similar in appearance and differ in the skin of their fruit, with peaches having a fuzzy and dull texture while nectarines are shiny and smooth. Soon these plants will be covered in flowers and the garden staff will have to ensure they are pollinated to result in fruit, traditionally this was done with a rabbits tail or a paint brush. These trees must have good ventilation so for that reason there are vents at the base of the low wall of the glasshouse.