Apricots

Apricots can be grown as a bush tree in warm, sheltered areas, in other areas the apricot is best grown as a fan-trained tree on a south facing or a west facing wall.

Apricots can flower as early as February, therefore they require protection from strong winds and early frosts. Apricots are grown best in deep, slightly alkaline soils but will tolerate a wide range of well-drained soils (pH 6.5-7.5)


Rootstocks

Rootstocks in order of their vigour are outlined below: -

Torinel - Dwarf. An ideal rootstock for the smaller garden. It needs to be grown in fertile and weed-free soil. It will reach a height of 2.4-3m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 3 years. Use for dwarf bushes, dwarf pyramids, and small fans.

St. Julian A - Semi-Vigorous. A good rootstock for most soils. Trees grown on this rootstock will reach a height of 3-3.5m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 4-5 years. Use for bushes, half-standards, and fans.


Varieties

Apricots are available as bare-root one-year-maidens from November to March. Trained forms of apricots are available in 12 litre pots all-year-round.


Apricot 'Alfred'

Dessert. This is a hardy and successful variety for our climate. Less prone to die-back than other varieties. Its season of use is early August.(USA) Self Fertile

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Apricot 'Early Moorpark'

Dessert. The fruits are medium to large, The skin is pale yellow with an orange blush. The deep reddish-orange flesh is very juicy. Its season of use is early August. (Hertfordshire 18th Century). Self Fertile

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Apricot 'Flavorcot'

Apricot 'Flavorcot'

Dessert. Similar to Tomcot for size and quality. Its season of use is late July. (France). Self Fertile

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Apricot 'Goldcot'

Apricot 'Goldcot'

Dessert. A reliable modern variety which is quite vigorous and healthy and produces regular crops of good sized fruit. The fruits are medium to large, golden yellow with quite a thick skin which allows them to be stored successfully in a fridge for some weeks. Its season of use is early August. (USA) Self Fertile

One Year Maiden Torinel £31.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Apricot 'Golden Glow'

Dessert. A very hardy variety which crops and performs well as a free standing tree or trained on walls where spring frosts can be avoided. Its season of use is early August.(Worcestershire 1985) Self Fertile

One Year Maiden Torinel £31.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Apricot 'Tomcot'

Apricot 'Tomcot'

Dessert. A reliable variety which produces masses of flower and very large fruits which have a strong red blush on an orange background. Its season of use is late July. (France). Self Fertile

One Year Maiden Torinel £31.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017