Apricot Trees

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  1. Apricots Are Not Sweet
  2. Apricot Fruit Not Ripening Evenly
  3. Apricots Grown From Seed
  4. When to Feed My Apricot Tree and When to Prune?
  5. Removal of Large Tree Sucker
  6. 4-Year Old Apricot
  7. I Just Planted Peach and Apricot Trees.
Asked by Anonymous on November 26, 2010
Apricots Are Not Sweet

My lovely 30 year old apricot always puts out sweet delicious fruits but usually only about every 3 to 5 years. I have apricots because weather in CA where we live is not usually cold.

But my question is. . . . for the first time ever. . . . apricots in all our area, neighbors, etc. had apricots that were not sweet and luscious as usual.

I would appreciate your comments.

ANSWERS
Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Fruit on any plant tends to be more sour or bitter if the plant is not getting enough nutrients or enough water. Since it is a neighborhood wide issue, I would look to the weather. Was it particularly dry this year? If so, the trees may have not gotten enough water. Was it very wet this year? The roots may have been struggling due to a lack of oxygen and did not take up the nutrients it needed, or some nutrients were washed away.

 

Regardless, the fruit should return to their sweet selves by next year. If you want to hedge your bets on that, fertilize the tree with a balanced fertilizer that contains micro-nutrients as well as the typical NPK balance.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 2, 2011
Apricot Fruit Not Ripening Evenly

Our apricot tree bears lots of fruit but there seems to be a problem with the ripening of the fruit. If I wait until the fruit is a nice golden color, what happens is that half the fruit will be too soft. If I pick the fruit with it half ripe and half green, then some of it will be green instead of a golden color for the table. We live in the Melbourne suburb of East Oakleigh.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like your trees are getting brown rot. This article will help you with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/peach/brown-rot-fungus.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 10, 2011
Apricots Grown From Seed

I have three apricot trees that started from seeds. I would like to know if they will produce fruit and if they will put on fruit, how long will it take?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, eventually they will produce fruit. They take anywhere from 3-6 years to come to fruiting maturity.

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Asked by Che on February 20, 2011
When to Feed My Apricot Tree and When to Prune?

I have a small London garden & I planted an espalier apricot tree and it cropped so fantastically I couldn’t bear to prune it. It’s about to burst into flower again – should I feed it? It’s trained along wires dividing next door’s path from ours. Any tips gratefully received. It’s 3 years old and lives next to a ballerina apple tree and an espalier apple. Under planted with roses , peonies and alcamilla m. Should I have winter washed or sprayed ? Thank you

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

While it is bursting with flowers, you will want to thin the fruit out a bit when the fruit starts to develop so that there is at least 4 inches (10 cm) between each fruit. This will result in bigger and better fruit.

Fertilizing now would be good to help support the fruit that will be developing.

Apricots normally do best with a light pruning after they have bloomed.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 25, 2011
Removal of Large Tree Sucker

I have an eight-year-old, semi-dwarf Apricot tree that developed a sucker from ground level. It is now as large as the original trunk, about 4 inches in diameter. I noticed that last year it bore almost no fruit and upon inspection realized the situation with the sucker.

Is it worth it to remove this very large ‘Siamese tree’, or should I remove the whole tree and start over?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would try to remove the sucker. The tree should be able to handle it and you will see an improvement in production from the main trunk once the sucker is removed.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 16, 2011
4-Year Old Apricot

Can I use cow manure on a greenhouse grown apricot, which is in flower now?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

As long as the manure is well rotted, you can use it on the trees.

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Asked by skwraoe1 on March 19, 2011
I Just Planted Peach and Apricot Trees.

The soil is like a heavy clay. What can I do to ensure that the roots will be able to penetrate the clay and get nourished when it starts to outgrow the rather large hole I created for the trees with homegrown compost, mulch and the original “dirt”?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You will need to start amending the soil outside the original rootball hole. If you start now, then my the time the roots are fully into growing in that area, the soil will have improved. These articles will help you with starting that process:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/compost-for-organic-gardens.htm

Placing mulch on the soil will also help. As the mulch breaks down, the organic material works its way into the soil and breaks up the clay.

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