Apricots

Apricots, prized for their delicate sweetness and vibrant orange hue, are stone fruits belonging to the genus Prunus. Originating from China, apricots have been cultivated for thousands of years and are celebrated for their juicy flesh and rich flavor. Apricot trees are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with rounded canopies, glossy green leaves, and showy pink or white blossoms that emerge in early spring. These trees thrive in warm, temperate climates with well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Apricots typically ripen in the summer months, with fruits ranging in size from small to medium and in color from pale yellow to deep orange. Whether enjoyed fresh, dried, or cooked into jams and desserts, apricots and their trees are cherished for their delightful taste and culinary versatility, making them beloved additions to orchards and home gardens worldwide.

How To Plant

To plant an apricot tree, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Begin by digging a hole that is twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball of the tree. If you’re planting multiple trees, space them about 15-20 feet apart to allow for proper growth. Before planting, soak the tree’s roots in water for a few hours to ensure they are well-hydrated. Place the tree in the center of the hole, making sure the graft union (the swollen area near the base of the trunk) is positioned above the soil line. Backfill the hole with the excavated soil, gently tamping it down to remove air pockets. Water the tree thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture and suppress weeds, leaving a few inches of space around the trunk. Water the tree regularly, especially during dry spells, and monitor for pests and diseases. With proper care and attention, your apricot tree will flourish and reward you with sweet, juicy fruit.