How to Spray Apricot Trees


Apricot trees, prized for their tangy, nutritious fruit, grow best in places with long, warm summers. Apricots bloom earlier than other fruit trees, making them unreliable in northern climates, where their blooms are often killed by late frosts. Unfortunately, apricots are also susceptible to several diseases and pests, including aphids, earwigs and peach tree borers. Take a cautious approach to spraying apricot trees, following all directions carefully and using the least toxic product first.

Step 1

Identify the pest. Consult a local county extension office or nursery before applying any sprays to your apricot tree. After identifying the problem, your extension office expert can recommend the appropriate product.

Step 2

Apply dormant oil spray in late winter or early spring to combat aphids, scale and other pests. Apply insecticidal soap to your apricot tree in midsummer if insect populations become so numerous they are destructive to your tree.

Step 3

Mix the dormant oil spray or insecticidal soap according to package directions.

Step 4

Fill your sprayer according to the sprayer directions and attach a hose if your sprayer requires one.

Step 5

Don protective eye wear, rubber gloves and protective clothing.

Step 6

Start spraying at the top of the tree and work your way down, taking care to thoroughly coat all areas of the leaves and bark.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't apply lime sulfur to apricot trees. It burns the fruit buds and prevents fruit formation.

Things You'll Need

  • Trombone or compressed-air sprayer
  • Dormant oil
  • Insecticidal soap
  • Protective eye wear
  • Rubber gloves


  • British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands: Apricots in Your Garden
  • British Columbia Government: A Guide to Managing Tree Fruit Pests in the Home Garden
  • "The Garden Primer"; Barbara Damrosch; 1988

Who Can Help

  • National Gardening Association: Growing Apricots
Keywords: spraying apricots, apricot trees, growing apricots

About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a full-time freelance writer and former teacher with writing credits from several regional and national publications, such as Colorado Parent and LDS Living. She specializes in parenting, education and gardening topics. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College, and spent 20 years as a teacher and director in university and public school settings.