Apricots are small juicy fruits that have a taste similar to peaches. They’re soft and velvety with a smooth texture. They pop against the tree, standing out with their bright yellow to orange hues and are packed with benefits. However, one of the best benefits of Apricot trees is that they’re easy to grow! Simply follow the steps below for Apricot success.
Plant your Apricot trees in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Full sunlight is best, but at least six hours of sunlight a day will suffice. Plant them in an area that’s protected from harsh winter winds. Make sure that your trees don’t sit in a low area of the yard that collects standing water or is prone to flooding. Plant multiple trees about eight feet apart. If kept in a container indoors place your trees by a large sunny window.
When you have the perfect planting location scouted out dig a hole that is three times wider than the root ball on your tree, and just as deep. Loosen the dirt on the side of the hole with a pitchfork or shovel. Next remove any debris like rocks or grass from the hole. If you see any large dirt clumps break them up with your shovel or remove them. Place your tree in the hole, and make sure it’s level with the ground around it and standing straight up. Then back fill your hole and tamp the soil down. Once this planting process is complete give your tree a slow deep watering.
Apricot trees have moderate watering needs. They generally need more water every 10 to 14 days, depending on the amount of rainfall you’ve had in your area. The soil should be kept moist, but not over saturated. If you haven’t experienced any rainfall for a few days go out and feel the soil around the bases if it feels like it’s starting to dry out give your tree a slow deep watering by holding a hose to the base of your tree and counting to 20. Remember, don’t let the soil dry out completely, but be careful not to over water your tree.
Every year in the late winter or early spring fertilize your tree with a well balanced fertilizer like formula 10-10-10. Fertilize your tree a second time in the early fall.
Most Apricot varieties are self-pollinating. However, you’ll have a much higher fruit yield if your tree has a mate to pollinate with. Natural pollinators like the wind or bees are best at pollinating apricot blooms, but they can be pollinated by hand.
It’s best to prune your apricot tree in the late winter or early spring. Remove any damaged, broken or crisscrossing branches. Also remove any branches that are rubbing together. This will prevent them from breaking on their own, and have unclean breaks. Use a sharp pair of loppers or pruners that are sterile to make your cuts. Cut the branches at 45 degree angles facing upwards to promote new growth. To shape your tree cut long branches back to about a third of their size. Removing branches towards the center to allow more sunlight and circulation to flow through. Sunlight and fresh air prevents molds and mildews from growing on the branches.