Growing Apricots

Growing your own fruit can be a rewarding experience. Not only can you control the levels of chemicals used or take and organic approach, but you can enjoy sweet tree ripened fruit. Apricots are a good candidate for the home gardener. This is a guide about growing apricots.
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Planning Tips:

New trees should be planted in the early spring. They can be planted in the fall in mild areas if the trees are dormant. When selecting trees, look for trees that are least 1 year in age. Trees are self-fertile (they do not need other trees nearby to cross pollinate with in order to produce fruit), but tend to produce more successfully if planted near other varieties. Trees begin producing fruit when they are 3 to 4 years old- 3 to 4 bushels from standard varieties and 1 to 2 bushels from dwarf varieties.
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Site Preparation:

Apricot trees need a site with full sun, and can tolerate a wide range of soils as long as the soil is well-drained. Trees grown in northern regions benefit from being planted on the north side of buildings so trees stay cool as late as possible into the spring.

Planting:

Standard-sized apricot trees should be planted at least 25 feet from other trees. Dwarf varieties can be spaced between 8 and 12 feet apart. Keep an area about 4 feet in diameter free from weeds and grass during the early stages of growth. Mulch newly planted trees with several inches of organic material, leaving 3 to 4 inches around the base of the trunk free of mulch.

Care & Maintenance:

Trees will benefit from an application of nitrogen fertilizer in the spring. Young trees should be trained to have an open center (leader trunk removed), with many well-spaced branches that are capable of bearing their heavy fruit without breaking. Shoots and suckers should be pruned annually to encourage the growth of fruiting spurs. If the tree sets a crop of fruit and no thinning is done, the overall size of the fruit will be reduced when it comes time to harvest. When fruits reach 1 inch in diameter they should be thinned to 3 to 4 fruits per cluster to increase the overall size of the remaining apricots. Watch for common fruit pests and diseases in the spring and fall.
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Harvesting & Storage:

Apricots are harvested before fruit has fully ripened on the tree. The fruit is ready when it has attained a uniform color and the skin gives slightly when pressed. Harvest season peaks in July or August depending on zone. For best taste, apricots should be allowed to ripen fully before use.
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Here is a apricot blossom blooming in our backyard.

By Becca

Apricot Blossom

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July 15, 2008 Flag
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I have an apricot tree that is 3 year old tree. The bottom of the fruit splits than rots, on at least 50% of the fruit.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

George from Hollister, CA

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July 17, 20080 found this helpful

I don't know about apricots but other fruits split when the water situation is not right...too much I think.

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July 17, 20080 found this helpful

I have had this happen to my tangelo, cherry tomatoes and seedless grapes.

From what I understand it is from inconsistent watering, the plants are getting too dry before you water again, when you do water the plant pumps the water into the fruit the skin does not strech fast enough there for its splits open, once that happens the bacteria gets to the fruit and the rot starts.

I suggest next year as soon as it starts flowering to watch your watering very closely and keep it moist until you have picked all your fruit, then you can really cut back on the water it doesn't need nearly as much if there's no fruit

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July 17, 20080 found this helpful

What do you do with your apricots once they are picked? I have a bag of them and don't know what to do with them!

My apples did this, I was told the tree wasn't getting enough water.

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August 5, 20080 found this helpful

Am I watering my peach tree too much? Not all of the fruit splits. Peaches are the size of softballs. Very sweet and juicy.

This is the first time that I have had a peach tree or any other fruit tree. Please help, I don't want to loose my tree.

thank you

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I read your note on growing cherries from the pit. I am trying to start other fruit.
Do the seeds of apricots and peaches requiring the same method, I have done everything except refrigerate the seeds and so far nothing. Thanks



Hardiness Zone: 10a

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July 26, 20070 found this helpful

. I've been told. Starting fruit from seeds it's possible but not practical.

Fruit will not come through from seed.

I have started avocados and peaches from seed, in CA what I have done is Mark out an area (so I don't plant something else there) where I want the tree to grow and I just put a whole bunch of seeds their, if I get more than 1 I pot up the rest.

I have 1 Avocado tree it is 5 years' old, the 3rd year I got 5 avocados and they were delicious, last year I had nothing this year there is 1, the 2nd Avocado is 3 years old, it did bloom no avocados, the peach tree is about 8 years old peaches are lousy 3 years ago I cut it down to about 6 in. then my friends decided they love smoothies so I let it grow and there are peaches on it right now,

Theres no way to predict how the fruit will be.

It is better just to take a whole lot of cuttings and stick them in a pot and hope something takes...

You may end up with something absolutely delicious from seed you never know.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

When you eat a peach apricot plum apple etc....just bury the pit in a small part of your garden

and most likely some will sprout in the Spring.

When the seedlings are about 2' or so tall,you can plant elsewhere during late winter.

There is a good chance that the trees will produce the original fruit albeit somewhat smaller,

or they may look entirely different.....

Their is also a chance that they may produce no fruit at all,...however it will take 3 years before you will see what they will bear.....one thing is for sure,you will no doubt enjoy a lot of fruit for your labour.

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January 8, 20090 found this helpful

Remember: Since apricots are self fertile you probably stand a 50-50 chance of the pip reproducing a fruit very similar in size color and flavor to the one it came from. It probably will not be exactly like the parent plant as seedlings normally vary to begin with (that's how cultivars get selected-by having varied traits which the grower perceives as superior to the original parent plant). There is a possibility however of getting a cultivar which varies from the original fruits characteristics since the fruit probably came from an orchard grown tree where there may have been more then 1 cultivar of apricot being grown.

I myself plant to try growing an apricot from a pip as I cannot find the cultivar I want for sale as a grafted tree. I know I probably wont get the cultivar this way but am hoping to at least get fruit similar to what I ate in taste and color.

The cultivar I wanted is often grown commercially so it is possible I will get what I want from the pip anyhow, but I read it can take between 7 & 15 years for trees to mature and produce fruit if grown from seed. Is that true? I hope not because it will be really hard to wait 7 let alone 15 years for fruit.

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