How to Spray an Apricot Tree


Apricot trees, like all other fruit trees, need to be properly treated for pests so that you can enjoy a bountiful fruit harvest. Trees that are not treated may have some or all of the fruit crop lost to insects and other pests. Fruit tree pests are best treated in the winter, during the dormant season. Getting rid of the pests when the weather is cooler is a much easier process than when they are rapidly multiplying in the warm summer months.

Step 1

Mix up a dormant oil and water mixture in your pump-up sprayer according to the instructions on the dormant oil bottle.

Step 2

Spray the dormant oil mixture over your entire apricot tree in the winter months after the leaves have fallen. Coat all branches, twigs and trunk with the mixture. Apply in the morning when the temperature is expected to rise during the day.

Step 3

Spray copper sprays on your apricot tree at the bottle's indicated rate before the fall rains begin. Copper will reduce the chance of your apricot tree developing canker.

Step 4

Apply an insecticide to your tree beginning once blossoms drop in the spring and continuing until harvest. Apply at the recommended rate over the entire tree with your pump-up sprayer at seven- to 14-day intervals.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid spraying sprays that contain sulfur on apricot trees. These sprays may damage the tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Dormant oil
  • Water
  • Pump-up sprayer
  • Copper spray
  • Insecticide


  • Oregon State University: Treat Fruit Tree Pests While They Are Still Dormant
  • NDSU Extension Service: Questions on: Apricot
  • University of Missouri Extension: Fruit Spray Schedules for the Homeowner
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.