Apricot in 2 years RETURNS INVESTMENT, and maintenance is cheaper

Apricot begins to give birth after 3 to 4 years, and in 2 years it can pay off. It is resistant to diseases and pests much more than any other fruit, so maintenance is much cheaper. What does an apricot look for to reward you with its juicy fruit?

If you want to plant apricots in your yard or to plant a plantation, it is necessary to you are well informed about the requirements of this fruit and assess whether you can provide them with the conditions for the plants to bring you quality fruits and full fruit. We singled out basic things you need to know before you decide to plant them.

Variety selection

The first and most important step is variety selection. If you are planning an orchard, fertility is one of the most important things when choosing a variety. Also, you should know that most varieties of apricots samooplodna. Will you choose newer varieties which have larger fruits or domestic old sotra which has smaller but tastier fruits and which is much more resistant to our weather conditions – it’s up to you to decide. It is important to choose quality, certified seedlings from a verified nursery.

Newly discovered autochthonous variety of apricot more resistant to frost

Where to plant apricots: land and position

Apricot loves well-drained soil, loose, so that the root can grow nicely. It suits her best weakly alkaline soil and moderately moist. It is best grown in places where it is sheltered from cold winds because it is very sensitive to them.

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If you plant them in the yard it is best to find a position for it to be sheltered by a wall or some other larger tree from the north, and to be open to the south. Apricot seeks plenty of sun that helps it protect itself from disease and develop high quality fruit.

When and how to plant apricots

Apricots can be planted from seed, and you can take seedlings. Seedlings need plant in the fall in order to take root as well as possible. If you are forming a plantation, depending on the variety, the planting distance is from 4.5 × 5.5 m to 5.5×7 m.

For now, apricots need to be planned well in advance. Experts recommend that the orchard be planned in three phases: while one part is contracting, the other is in the phase of raising, and the third is already giving birth intensively. In that way, years without income are avoided.

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Apricots are planted by preparing big hole to which a lot of rotten organic matter is added. It is better for the hole to be wide than too deep.

After the seedling is placed in the ground, it is necessary to cover the root with one layer of soil, then pour manure and mineral NPK fertilizer, cover it again with soil, then mulch. In the end it is necessary water well.

It is recommended to round the young tree with wire or put a protective tube to protect apricots from pests. Young trees are often at high risk of being damaged by insects that crawl into the tree.

Apricot maintenance: watering, fertilizing, pruning

It is needed regularly remove weeds and feed it with fertilizer in early spring. Depending on the variety, different types are used fertilizers such as KAN or NPK. Which fertilizer to use and in what quantity depends on the age of the seedling and the variety, and it is best to consult with the nursery from whom you took the seedlings or with the advisory service from your area.

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Apricot is pretty drought resistant. To provide enough moisture, you can cover the soil with natural mulch as it will help retain moisture in the soil and not allow weeds to grow. Apricot does not like too much water, so excess moisture in the soil will adversely affect it.

Drainage in the orchard is as important as irrigation

You can plant next to apricots some herbs like basil because he agrees a lot with it. If it is an orchard, a corridor planted with clover and legumes will contribute to soil fertility, and will also attract pollinators.

Apricots are needed prune regularly to ensure good ventilation of the canopy. It can be pruned in the shape of a pyramid or a vase. Non-native branches are removed, and the upper branches should always be shorter than the lower ones.

Protection

Apricot is enough resistant to pests and diseases.

In humid climates, problems with fungal diseases such as brown rot can develop, and experts recommend that preventively sprayed with organic fungicides.

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As for insects, you can let your chickens feed around the apricots because they like insects that attack apricots. You can also place some foil under the tree, shake the branches to get the insects off the branches, and then pour them into hot water. Fruit fell under the tree it is necessary that remove as soon as possible.

Misconceptions: Why is apricot dried?

Yield and harvest

Apricot is mostly resistant to cold weather. However, it blooms the earliest in relation to other fruits early spring frosts can do her a lot of harm and if temperatures are below the optimal 7 degrees. If the flowers freeze or the fruits have just sprouted, they will not give such a good yield, and it may happen that they do not bear fruit at all that year. That is why it is said that apricots are characterized by irregular fertility, that is, yes there are variations in yields over the years.

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Apricots reach full fertility in the 5th year, and ripens in June and July. Harvesting is done in dry and warm weather, when the fruits are fully ripe and can be easily removed from the stalks. Average yield per tree is about 35-60 kg of fruit.


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