Apricots need water
consistently throughout the growing season. Lack of moisture in early
summer will result in small fruits; later in the season, it can
interfere with bud set for next year's crop. You will probably need to
water deeply every 10 to 14 days if there is no rain. Where there is
plenty of moisture in the winter and spring, you may need to water only
three or four times during the summer. Apply a small amount of nitrogen
fertilizer each spring.
Under good growing conditions
trees produce too many fruits. If all the fruits are allowed to stay on
the trees, your apricots will be small, and the weight of the fruits
could break the branches. Thin out the weakest fruits to the three or
four healthiest apricots per cluster. The best time to thin is when
fruits measure about 1 inch across. If you have only one or two trees,
hand-pick the excess fruits.
The harvest season for
apricots is July in mild climates and August in colder ones, though
different varieties can be slightly earlier or later. Expect 3 to 4
bushels of fruit from a full-size tree, 1 to 2 from a dwarf. Pick the
fruits after they attain a rich apricot color and give slightly when
pressed. The apricot season is short, so try to plan around it. If you
leave for a 2-week vacation at the crucial time, you may come back to
bushels of spoiled fruit on the ground.
Plant new trees in early spring, fall planting in
mild areas can be successful if trees are dormant.
Buy dormant, bare-root, 1-year-old trees, if
Although most varieties are self-fertile, fruit set
is better when planted with one or two other varieties nearby. Trees
will start bearing in the third or fourth season.
Expect 3 to 4 bushels of fruit from a standard-size
tree, 1 to 2 from a dwarf variety.
Choose a site in full sun. Northern growers should
put trees on the north side of a building so trees warm up as late
as possible in the spring.
Apricot trees do well in a wide range of
Apply a small amount of nitrogen fertilizer each
spring. Where apricots are easily grown, train to an open center.
For colder areas use a modified central leader.
Prune bearing trees annually to encourage new
When fruits are 1 inch in diameter, thin to 3 to 4
fruits per cluster to increase the size of remaining apricots and
prevent over bearing one year, little the next.
See our article Fruit Pests and Diseases for
controls of common apricot pests such as codling moths, peach tree
borers, plum curculios, and brown rot disease.
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