Moorpark Apricot Trees

Apricots go soft quickly on tree

Zone Traralgon, Victoria | Helen added on January 11, 2014 | Answered

My apricot tree bears well. It is a Moorpark. My problem is they don't keep. They can look lovely on outside, but inside are very soft very quickly, so each year I freeze them. Do you know why this would be happening? Tree is about 5-6 years old and looks healthy. Thanks

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Answered on January 12, 2014

It sounds like your tree is suffering from pit burn. It is a condition that occurs when temperatures get too warm close to harvest. Apricots do best in moderate climates. In warmer climates, pit burn can be a problem.

There is not much you can do for it, but if you plant a new tree in the future, you can get a variety that is not as prone to it. 'Patterson' is one.

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