The author, having lived in Arizona, was interested in writing an article with the specifics of Southwestern apricot growing for the homeowner. The apricot tree grows up to 20 feet tall, while its umbrella is small enough that it is easily manicured for a backyard. The apricot is a fruit tree well-suited for residential use.
Hole preparation, soil preparation, apricot fertilizing, general care, insects, and plant diseases are discussed.
A hole for the apricot should not contain too much organic porous material that will absorb large quantities of water. If the roots are damp all the time, the trees don’t do well. Since the root ball is not as deep as some trees, beds can be ready with soil and nutrients mixed. Simple nitrogen fertilizers, even some specifically called fruit tree food, are plenty good for apricots. You can cut back on nitrogen if the foliage is thick and very green.
Thinning the tree of small fruit will help the remaining fruit to grow larger. Most people prefer the large fruit. The author does not thin his peaches and gets fruit 2 – 3 inches by 2-3 inches in circumference. Most gardeners thin.
Apricots drink the most water of all the stone pit fruit trees. The author has found that deep watering at least once a week is necessary in Arizona. In the North and East, estimates are that the apricot tree requires deep watering twice a month. Check with your local gardening store for watering schedule based on your local climate. Similarly, the right variety of apricot tree for your area is important to know and the plant nursery can answer the question. In Arizona, one of the most popular is the Royal Apricot.
The information in this article (1200 words) will get most people started with a healthy apricot tree. It’s hard to beat fresh apricots! http://john000.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Grow-Your-Own-Apricot-Trees