Nonpareil Almond Tree (Prunus dulcis ‘Nonpareil’)
Nonpareil Almond Tree
Get your favorite almond snack at your fingertips! The Nonpareil Almond, better known as the almonds you see in the grocery store, can be grown at home with this prolific tree. Yielding nearly 2 dozen pounds of almonds per year, the Nonpareil Almond will provide ample nutrition and delicious taste to anyone that grows it.
The Nonpareil Almond not only produces 20+ lbs. of almonds after 3-4 years of growth, but it also produces delicate white and pink blossoms. These small flowers appear in March and create sweet fragrances. After the blooms, the almonds ripen from August-September.
This heavy bearer provides you with the perfect, mid-season bloom. And best of all, it’s partially self-fertile, so you don’t strictly need to plant a cross-pollinating tree. For highest yields, however, it’s recommended that you plant an almond tree of another variety. You may choose to plant trees like the Ne Plus or the All-In-One Almond Tree.
Although the Nonpareil Almond is very adaptable, it grows best in zones 6-9, in full sun, and in locations that receive 400 chill hours per year.
Don’t wait to get better-than-the-grocery-store, homegrown almonds for your home.
These trees can tolerate partial shade but prefer around 6 hours of sunlight daily. Avoid planting your tree in areas of your yard that are prone to flooding – well-drained soil is best.
Dig a hole that’s just as deep as the root ball, and three times as wide. Make sure that your tree is straight and that the root collar is level with the surrounding ground. Backfill your hole and gently tamp the soil down as you go to eliminate air pockets. Finally, water and then mulch the area to deter competing growth and to preserve soil moisture.
Feel your soil every few days. Once it feels like it’s close to drying out about 3 inches down, give your tree a slow drink of water by holding a hose to its base and counting to 30 seconds.
We suggest waiting two to three years before fertilizing. To give your tree a boost, feed with well-balanced organic fertilizer, like formula 10-10-10, in the late winter or early spring.
The best time to prune is in the late winter or early spring when your tree is still dormant. Be sure to remove any dead or broken branches, as well as crisscrossing or rubbing branches.
|Nonpareil Almond Tree
|Prunus dulcis 'Nonpareil'