Top Questions About Apricot Trees

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Questions About Apricot Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 26, 2010

Q. 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.

Answered by
Heather on
November 27, 2010
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Heather on
January 11, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Heather on
January 20, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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

Answered by
Heather on
February 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 4-Year Old Apricot

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

Answered by
Nikki on
March 17, 2011
Certified Expert
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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

Q. 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”?

Answered by
Heather on
March 21, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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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