How to Grow:
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 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!
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:
- Fruit Worms
- Japanese Beetles
- Leaf-footed bug
- Spider Mites
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.