Apricot Trees
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How do I grow apricot tree from seed

Zone Waikoloa village, 96738 | cflack808 added on September 18, 2019 | Answered

I live in a zone 10, 11.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on September 19, 2019

They will not produce, nor grow very well in your area. They are only suited up to USDA zone 8. It will not get cold enough to allow for flowering in your area, since they require a number of hours (Usually from 500 to 1000 hours) below 40 degrees.

Should you still want to grow the tree just for the tree, knowing that it may never flower, and will definitely not fruit, then you will want to get that seed out of its shell first.

WARNING: ALL SEEDS IN THE GENUS 'PRUNUS' CONTAIN CYANOGENIC GLYCOSIDES, SO PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

After chilling the seed in the refrigerator for a month or two, you need to, carefully, remove the seed from its stone, or it will take up to a year to germinate.Wear gloves for this process. (Some people prefer to take the seed out first, then stratify)

This can be done very carefully with a hammer. Smack the seed until the outer stone cracks. Pry this open, taking care not to contact the almond-like seed with your skin, as it is unknown how much of the toxins are in the seed from some species to species, and between cultivars.

Once you have removed this seed, you can plant into soil as you would any other seed.

This article will help you to care for apricots once this germinates: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/apricots/apricot-tree-growing.htm

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