Q: I recently moved from NYC to Georgia. I bought a nectarine tree last year and was shocked to see it bear fruit. However, all of the fruits had a gooey gelatinous stuff on the skin.
A: Welcome South – we are glad you are here! Nectarines are just fuzz-less peaches and their care is similar. You’ll quickly find that insects and diseases love nectarines as much as you do. The oozing could be from plum curculio insects or stinkbug damage or maybe from brown rot. You won’t have success with peaches or nectarines unless you spray regularly with fungicide and insecticide. Get details and a home orchard spray guide at xrl.us/curculio.