With red tinged growing tips and pale pink spring blossom, this naturally dwarf Apricot tree makes a pretty container plant. Good yields of deliciously sweet, full sized fruits can be harvested each year from late July. Apricot 'Aprigold'® makes a superb patio fruit tree - the perfect feature for smaller gardens.
Propagated onto 'Peach Seedling' rootstock to create a small, manageable tree. Apricot 'Aprigold'® is self-fertile and therefore does not require a pollination companion. Height and spread: 1m (39") Rootstock: Peach Seedling.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.
Patio, Kitchen Garden, Greenhouse, Wildlife Gardens
1 Patio Apricot Tree (T14146)
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 apricot trees regularly during particularly dry periods.
Apricots may be fan trained against a wall or grown as a bush. When pruning apricot 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 apricots 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 5-7cm (2-3").
Feed and water containerised plants regularly. When pruning apricot trees it is important to avoid winter pruning as this leaves them prone to silver leaf disease.
Patio apricot trees 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 per cluster, at a spacing of 22cm (9") apart.
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