Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Homegrown, tree-ripened apricots are healthy, delicious eating- fresh, canned or dried. Apricot trees are notorious for waking up too early in the spring, and then getting their blossoms zapped by a late frost. You can help by planting on a sheltered north-facing slope. Another trick some old-timers used was spreading a layer of compost or horse-manure under the tree in early winter AFTER the ground was frozen. This slows down soil (and root) warm up in spring, consequently also delaying budbreak. We try to help by offering some of the later-blooming varieties. 1.25-2m (4-6') bareroot trees

Apricot : MANCHURIAN 90-150cm (3-5') On Own Root

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Sometimes referred to as 'Manchurian Bush Apricot', this incredibly hardy, compact, bush-like tree typically grows to be about 3-3.6m (10-12') tall. It is native to Manchuria in northern China, where temperatures can rise to a blistering 43°C (110°F) during the summer, then plummet to -50°C (-60°F) in winter. We have used it as an apricot rootstock (when we can source it) but it can also be grown as a pollination companion for other varieties, or even just for it's own fruit. The small, plump, golden-yellow fruit is quite sweet and juicy and can be used for fresh eating, preserves and drying. Some variation can be expected from one tree to the next, as they are grown from seed. They would even be worth planting simply for the stunning, shell-pink blossom display in early spring.

NEEDS A POLLENIZER | ZONE 2/3 | HARVEST : EARLY-LATE JULY

Rootstock
Zone
Harvest
Rootstocks
G41 Dwarf
(2.5-3.1m/8-10ft)
G935 Small Semi-Dwarf
(3.25-4m/10-13ft)
G969 Small Semi-Dwarf
(3.25-4m/10-14ft)
G30 Semi-Dwarf
(3.6-5m/12-16ft)
G890 Semi-Dwarf
(3.6-5m/13-16ft)
Pollenator definitions
Some trees and many berry plants are SELF-FERTILE ̶means the insect pollinators or even the wind can pollinate the blossoms without the need of a second tree.
NEEDS A POLLENIZER ̶ means another tree of the same type or kind but a different variety must be blooming nearby at the same time.
EXAMPLE A Liberty apple and a Wealthy apple can cross-pollinate. Two trees of the same variety ie: ̶ 2 Wealthy apples, cannot cross pollinate because they are genetically identical.
Other trees are marked as SEMI-FERTILE. These will set fruit without a second tree. However they will often bear more, and sometimes larger fruit if another variety of the same kind of tree is nearby.
You can select 2 different trees of the same kind marked as NEEDS A POLLENIZER or plant one of those along with one SELF-FERTILE or one SEMI-FERTILE. Also consider ripening times ̶ a Goldrush apple might not start blooming before a Pristine is finished.

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Growing Tips

Apricot / Peach Growing Tip

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.


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