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Peach and Nectarine Nitrogen Uptake and Partitioning

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Seasonal N Uptake

Nitrogen in 'O'Henry' peach trees, a late variety [11]. Nitrogen uptake from soil is minimal during dormancy and low during bud swell. Nitrogen uptake is greatest from mid-spring through early fall but occurs as long as leaves are physiologically active [10].

Nitrogen Partitioning

Nitrogen distribution in 6-year old 'O'Henry' peach trees. Whole trees were excavated and analyzed at harvest [11].

Nitrogen Removed at Harvest

Nitrogen removed with harvested peach and nectarine fruits. The value includes all nutrients removed in fruits and pits. The overall average is weighted for the number of observations in each trial. More information can be found here [5].




Peach and Nectarine Fertilization Guidelines


  1. Baldi, E., Marcolini, G., Quartieri, M., Sorrenti, G., Toselli, M., 2014a. Effect of organic fertilization on nutrient concentration and accumulation in nectarine (Prunus persica var. nucipersica) trees: The effect of rate of application. Scientia Horticulturae 179, 174-179.
  2. Baldi, E., Toselli, M., Bravo, K., Marcolini, G., Quartieri, M., Sorrenti, G., Marangoni, B., 2014b. Ten years of organic fertilization in peach: Effect on soil fertility, tree nutritional status and fruit quality. Acta Horticulturae 1018, 237-244.
  3. Baldi, E., Marcolini, G., Quartieri, M., Sorrenti, G., Muzzi, E., Toselli, M., 2016. Organic fertilization in nectarine (Prunus persica var. nucipersica) orchard combines nutrient management and pollution impact. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 105, 39-50.
  4. El-Jendoubi, H., Abadía, J., Abadía, A., 2013. Assessment of nutrient removal in bearing peach trees (Prunus persica L., Batsch) based on whole tree analysis. Plant and Soil 369, 421-437.
  5. Geisseler, D., 2016. Nitrogen concentrations in harvested plant parts -A literature overview. Report to the Kings River Watershed Coalition.
  6. Grasa, R., Clavería, I., Paniagua, M.P., Abadía J., Abadía A., 2006. Impact of iron chlorosis on macro- and micronutrient budgets in peach. Acta Horticulturae 721, 99-104.
  7. Huett, D.O., Stewart, G.R., 1999. Timing of 15N fertiliser application, partitioning to reproductive and vegetative tissue, and nutrient removal by field-grown low-chill peaches in the subtropics. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 50, 211-215.
  8. Krige, G.T., Stassen, P.J.C., 2008. Mineral nutrient distribution and requirement of pulse drip fertigated 'Donnarine' nectarine trees. Acta Horticulturae 772, 355-360.
  9. Martinez, X.D., 2010. Effects of irrigation and nitrogen application on vegetative growth, yield and fruit quality in peaches (Prunus persica L. Batsch cv. Andross) for processing.
  10. Muñoz, N., Guerri, J., Legaz, F., Primo-Julio, E., 1993. Season uptake of 15N-nitrate and distribution of absorbed nitrogen in peach trees. Plant and Soil, 150, 263-269.
  11. Niederholzer, F.J.A., DeJong, T.M., Saenz, J.-L., Muraoka, T.T., Weinbaum, S.A., 2001. Effectiveness of fall versus spring soil fertilization of field-grown peach trees. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 125, 644-648.
  12. Saenz, J. L., DeJong, T.M., Weinbaum, S.A., 1997. Nitrogen stimulated increases in peach yields are associated with extended fruit development period and increased fruit sink capacity. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 122, 772-777.
  13. United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Crop Nutrient Tool.
  14. Weinbaum, S.A., Johnson, R.S., DeJong, T.M., 1992. Causes and consequences of overfertilization in orchards. HortTechnology 2, 112-121.