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Prunus armeniacam

Apricot

A self fertile, easy to grow variety

Growing an apricot against a sunny wall is the best way to make sure the delicious fruits get the best chance to ripen. This apricot - selected for the UK climate, comes ready trained in a fan shape. As well as juicy fruits there is the added attraction of spring blossom.

Where?

Ideal where space is limited or as an alternative to a climbing plant to cover a warm, sheltered sunny wall or fence. Create an informal screen by training on wires secured between to posts or fixing points.

How?

Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Water occasionally in dry weather especially when the fruits start to form. Protect the flowers from frost by covering the plants with horticultural fleece.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Autumn, Winter
Flowering March - April
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 85 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting May - August
Cropping August - August

Typically available

From January to December