Waimea Nurseries

How to Guide

 

SOIL

Prefers well drained soil.

PLANTING SITE

Sunny, sheltered position is best - protected from Spring frosts. Plant 4-5m apart from other apricot trees.

WATERING

Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.

CLIMATE

Apricots perform best in temperate areas with dry spring weather. Most varieties need plenty of winter chilling but there are low chill selections available which are more suitable for warmer areas.

GENERAL CARE

Prune only during Summer after fruiting to minimise the chance of infection and bacterial canker. Paint all cuts with pruning paste.

PESTS & DISEASES

Apricots are vulnerable to some pests and diseases, including brown rot and bacterial canker. A preventative spray program is recommended, especially in areas with wet Spring weather.

PLANTING IDEAS

Apricot trees can be ‘espalier’ trained against a wall or fence in a fan shape. 

FRUIT

Fruit ripens from early to late summer

POLLINATION

Most varieties are self fertile, but will produce heavier and more regular crops if pollinated by another variety.

TREE SIZE

Up to 5-6m