Get the best of both worlds with this amazing hybrid fruit tree. Part apricot and part plum, the crunchy fruits have are plum-shaped with an intensely sweet apricot flavour. Aprium 'Cot 'n Candy'® produces good yields of these unusual, mouth-watering fruits that can be harvested from early August.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 4 years.
Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water aprium trees regularly during particularly dry periods.
Apriums may be fan trained against a wall or grown as a bush. When pruning aprium trees it is important to avoid winter pruning as this leaves them prone to silver leaf disease.
To bush train: In the first spring after planting, select 3 or 4 well spaced branches on a clear trunk of at least 75cm (29"), and shorten them by two thirds. Remove the central stem to just above the highest of the selected branches. Remove any laterals below the selected branches.
In the following spring, select 3 or 4 sub laterals on each branch and shorten these by half to create a balanced, open framework. In future years apriums will require only occasional pruning to remove damaged, badly placed or diseased wood. This should be carried out during April. When fruits are walnut sized they should be thinned to one fruit every 7-9cm (2-3").
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