We have 300 nectarine trees, on peach rootstock, all grown as vase-shaped trees. We grow mostly heritage varieties, as most of the modern nectarine varieties are patented, and we avoid them due to the conditions attached to growing them commercially (e.g. having to grow a minimum number of trees, and levies and other conditions on sale of fruit). Luckily, there are some really delicious heritage nectarines! 

Picking dates can vary by up to two weeks from one season to another, depending on the conditions, but usually the order of ripening stays about the same. The dates given below are the average picking dates in Harcourt. Most varieties can be picked over a period of 2 or 3 weeks.

More information about each variety, including harvest dates, pollination information, production notes, chill hours, blossom time, origin and disease susceptibility and resistance (where known) are included in our Fruit Tree Database, accessible by members of the Grow Great Fruit program.

Fairlane Fairlane

Late season large yellow nectarine..

Picking Dates: Early March


Fantasia Fantasia

Medium to large yellow flesh nectarine.

Picking Dates: Mid February


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Early yellow flesh nectarine. .

Picking Dates: Late January


Goldmine Goldmine

Mid season Heritage white flesh nectarine.

Picking Dates: Mid February


Independence Independence

Medium sized yellow flesh nectarine.

Picking Dates: Mid January


Queen Giant

Early season white nectarine.

Picking Dates:  Early January


Redgold Redgold

Medium to large yellow flesh nectarine.

Picking Dates: Mid January


About Us

We – Hugh and Katie Finlay – draw on over 15 years' experience as orchardists at our farm, Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens, to bring you the Grow Great Fruit Program, the farm-proven system for home fruit growers.

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Grow Great Fruit Program

We grow organically, and teach organic growing principles and methods. We’re aware of the changing climate, so the farming methods we use help to create solutions, not add to the problem. We've poured years of experience into our farm-tested Grow Great Fruit program after talking to hundreds of home growers, and figuring out what you need most...information, security, and someone you can trust to help you solve your problems.


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