Apricots need full sun and well-drained soil. Plant semi-dwarf trees 12 feet apart with 12 to 15 feet between rows.
Feed apricots in fall or winter. Fertilize with a complete granular or spike fertilizer. Choose a fertilizer with a relatively high middle number (3-5-3) as it will promote flower and fruit production. An all-purpose or vegetable food will work well.
Young trees should be pruned to encourage a vase-shape. As they age thin the center to promote air circulation and don’t be afraid to remove two-year or older wood to improve production.
Disease and Pest Control
Rots and fungal diseases can affect apricots but good pruning and cleaning practices can help prevent problems. Aphids and mites can affect apricots but are generally easy to control. Timed sprays are the best way to control disease and pests. Never use Sulfur containing sprays on apricots. See a Spray Schedule for more details.
Apricots are self-pollinating trees that do not need another for the pollination process.
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(Royal) Blenheim – Ripens early July. Large deep yellow/orange, free stone fruit is aromatic, succulent and flavorful. Great for eating fresh, drying and baking.
Chinese (Mormon) – Ripens late June into July. Produces heavy yields of medium sized, yellow to orange fruit. Excellent sweet, mild flavor and texture. Late blooms protects it from early frost damage. Great for eating, baking, canning or drying.
Harcourt – Ripens Mid-July. Fruit is large, yellow/orange blushed red with a rich sweet flavor. Juicy too! Great for canning, cooking and freezing. Resists brown rot, cankers and is great for colder regions.
Harglow –Ripens early July. Medium size bright orange, free stone fruit. Blooms late to avoid late spring frosts. Compact and productive variety is disease resistant. Great for fresh eating, cooking and preserves.
Puget Gold – Ripens mid-August. Medium sized firm, sweet flesh with very good flavor. Prolific and Self-fertile.
Wenatchee Moorpark – Ripens early July. Large orange free stone fruit with firm texture and sweet yet slightly tart flavor. Great fresh, dried or canned. Good choice for Oregon gardeners.