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Fruit Trees: How to Grow & When to Plant Apricots in Your Backyard Orchard!

Apricots
Apricot trees are a great, unique addition to your garden! They will do best when planted with another apricot tree to help pollinate each other. Apricot trees are hardier than its other relatives, but still thrive in a moderate climate that doesn’t get too hot or too cold (zones 4-10).

How to Grow:

Apricot trees are best planted after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Dig a hole about double the size of the pot that your apricot tree has come in. Give at least 10-15 feet between each tree. Be sure to plant where it will get full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water your tree regularly.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         GoodBad
BasilMarjoramNONE!
Beans (bush & pole)Mint 
ChamomileNasturtiums 
ChivesRosemary 
Cilantro/CorianderSage 
DillStevia 
GarlicSummer Savory 
LavenderSunflowers 
LemongrassTarragon 
MarigoldsThyme 

 
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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for apricots:

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Harvesting:

You can begin to harvest from your apricot tree after about 2-5 years. Apricots will be ready to harvest sometime during the months June-August. When they are ripe, simply twist the fruit and they will come off in your hand.

Cooking & Eating!

Apricots can be eaten simply straight from the tree if desired! Or you can use them in countless recipes in the kitchen! You can also preserve in a tasty jam or freeze for later use.

 

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2 thoughts on “Fruit Trees: How to Grow & When to Plant Apricots in Your Backyard Orchard!

  1. Are apricots popular in Oklahoma?! They were the most common fruit crop of the Santa Clara Valley decades ago. Apricot tree is one of the favored nominees for our official town tree, just because most of the people before my generation remember cutting cots as a summer job.

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