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Royal Apricot Tree

Apricots are small orange-coloured fruits that are absolutely brimming with flavour. They work well in sweet and savoury dishes and are especially nutritious too. Apricot trees are self-pollinating, which means that you’ll get delicious fruit from a stand-alone tree.

Royal apricot tree – thanks to the taste and texture, this variety (also known as Blenheim apricots) is often used for drying, creating an irresistible snack or an ingredient for curries and sauces. But, they’re also fantastic fresh, canned or baked

Royal Apricot trees  – medium to large, juicy and sweet fruit. Mid December harvest.

Apricot jam is a firm favourite, but apricots are also delicious in Moroccan-style stews, and desserts that demand a lot of flavour. As an added bonus, they are really easy to grow

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Position

Plant your apricot tree in a spot where it will get full sun for the best fruits. They can tolerate some shade, but they will yield more fruit and grow more vigorously with more sun.

Size

Apricot trees can grow to about 8 to 10 metres tall. Plan the site before planting them, keeping the tree away from external walls, electrical lines and other trees. Plant it in a protected area, if possible, as strong winds can damage branches and leaves.

Soil Type

Apricot trees can thrive in most well-draining soil types, but prefer slightly acidic soil. Loosen the ground in the area before planting it about 1.5 metres deep in your normal garden soil.

Mulch

Add a thick layer of pine bark mulch, keeping it about 20 to 30 centimetres away from the tree trunk itself (any closer, and it may cause excess moisture to damage the trunk). This will retain the soil’s moisture and prevent weeds from taking over.

Watering

Water your apricot tree every second day after transplanting it for the first week. Thereafter, reduce your watering to twice a week in dry or hot weather for the next 2 to 3 months. Water it every couple of weeks in cooler weather if there is no rain. Too much water can cause root rot, but do not allow the roots to dry out completely.

Pruning

Prune the top and sides of your apricot tree regularly in spring and early autumn to prevent it from growing too large. This will also allow light into the centre of the tree, making it easier to harvest the fruit. Cut out dead or diseased branches completely whenever they appear and dispose of them immediately.

Fertilising:

Use our slow-release nitrogen-rich all plant fertiliser. Apply 1 teaspoon every 4-5 months.

Harvesting

Your apricots are ready to pick when they have changed colour from green to yellow-orange and are still firm but give in under a little pressure. If you keep them at room temperature and away from direct sunlight, they will ripen after being picked.

Weight 10 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 150 cm
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