One of the most recent arrivals on the hardy apricot scene is the highly regarded Casino. An open pollinated seedling of Westcot introduced by Rick Durand in 2012, it can easily hold it's own with any of the prairie varieties. Golden yellow 4cm (1½') diameter fruit is adorned with a rosy blush when ripe. Firm, orange, freestone flesh is fine textured and flavorful. A worthy, dependable choice for the home gardener, particularly in the western provinces. Casino is considered as self-fertile, but may at times benefit from being paired with another apricot pollination partner
SELF-FERTILE | ZONE 3 | HARVEST : LATE JULY
One of the key factors that determines cold-hardiness for tender fruit trees such as apricots and peaches is how well they harden off in the fall. Any activity that stimulates growth should be avoided after August 1. This includes fertilizing, overly frequent watering and pruning.