This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
This is a very valuable and interesting fruit, but like the Apricot, it requires some special warm, sheltered place and thorough tillage in order to thrive and produce fruit; then it will give astonishingly good results. It must. be understood, however, that this fruit cannot survive the vigors of a severe northern climate under any circumstances when grown in the open ground. The trees should be planted fifteen feet apart; they should be pruned, cultivated, fertilized and treated precisely like the peach trees. The Nectarine is especially susceptible to the depredations of the Curculio insects, more so perhaps than the Plums. They should. be treated for this in the same way that we have previously recommended for the Plum. This is a most delicious, smooth skinned fruit, that thrives admirably on any land that will produce peaches. We name and describe a few of the best and most reliable sorts:
-- Large, deep yellow, with a bright blush and mottlings of red; sweet and a peculiar, pleasant flavor; freestone; the largest and most beautiful variety known; hardy and productive. Ripens in September.
* Early Violet
-- Medium sized, yellowish green, nearly covered with dark purplish red; juicy, rich and high flavored. Ripens in August.
* Early Newington
-- Large, pale green, nearly covered with blotches of red; juicy, rich and sweet; probably the best clingstone Nectarine. Ripens in September.
-- Medium size, pale green, with a dark red cheek; flesh pale green, very juicy and rich. Ripens in September.
* Hunt's Tawney
-- Medium; pale orange; juicy, rich and excellent; very early and productive; the best of its season, and worthy of general cultivation on account of its hardiness; freestone. Ripens in August.
* Red Roman
-- Large size, greenish yellow, with a dark, dull red cheek; flesh yellowish, fine and rich; productive. Ripens in September.