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APRICOT Tomcot

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A very large, almost peach-sized fruit with a strong red blush over orange skin. High quality freestone fruit with an intense apricot flavour. Forms a compact tree, with masses of blossom in spring. Requires 600 chilling hours to set fruit.

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Apricot Tomcot is self fertile. If you have trouble with pollination, plant another variety of Apricot nearby.

Our Apricots are grown on Golden Queen seedling rootstocks. This rootstock determines the tree will reach 6m in height once established. Unfortunately there is no dwarfing rootstock available for stonefruit.

SOIL

Prefers well drained soil. 

PLANTING SITE

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

CLIMATE

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

WATERING

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

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.

RECOMMENDED PRUNING SYSTEM

Modified central leader or Vase shape. 

 

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