How to Water an Apricot Tree


Adding an apricot tree to a home landscape provides a pleasant tree for shading the yard, as well as an attractive ornamental tree with lovely early spring blossoms. If the blossoms survive spring frosts, expect a bountiful apricot harvest at the end of the summer. Water an apricot tree to supplement natural rainfall and ensure delicious apricots to pick and eat.

Step 1

Dig a trench, 4 inches deep and wide, around the apricot tree, positioning the trench at the tree's drip line (the outermost point of the tree's foliage), according to California grower Wegman's Nursery.

Step 2

Fill the trench to the top with water once each week starting in May to water the apricot tree. Continue this watering process throughout the growing season.

Step 3

Expand the trench with the shovel at the beginning of the second growing season so the trench extends out to the wider drip line of the tree.

Step 4

Fill the trench to the top with water once or twice each month during the growing season, starting in May.

Tips and Warnings

  • The roots of apricot trees develop root rot easily if you over-water and apricot tree trunks easily contract disease with direct contact to water.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel


  • Wegman's Nursery: Apricot Trees
  • Arizona Cooperative Extension: Fruit Trees - Irrigation
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.