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The best way to enjoy fresh apricots is by growing your own. Apricots do not ship well, so they can be difficult to find in the market. There are other reasons to grow apricots in your yard. The white or pink blossoms in the spring add a nice splash of color to your landscaping. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow. Apricots may be enjoyed all by themselves or made into delicious jams or jellies.
Choose a variety of apricot that will do well in your climate. Apricot trees bloom early in the spring, so in climates that tend to have a late frost, apricots may not do well.
Find a spot in the yard that is on high ground and that receives plenty of sunlight. Trees planted on the north side of the yard will benefit from a slightly later bloom.
Dig a hole that is at least a foot deep. Mix some mulch in with the soil.
Remove the tree from its container and cut away roots that are not growing straight.
Space trees apart at least 25 feet when planting more than one.
Water the tree thoroughly and add more soil to the hole if necessary.
Stake small trees to protect against wind damage. Pound a stake 3 to 4 inches from the trunk and tie the trunk to the stake with twine.
Thin the fruit to allow for best fruit production. Once fruit is 1 inch in diameter, thin it to three or four apricots per cluster.
Apply fertilizer during the second year if needed. The leaves will turn yellow during the spring and summer months if the tree is lacking nutrients. About one-fourth of a pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer will be sufficient.
Harvest apricots in July or August when the fruit is fully ripe. It should have a slight give when pressed.
Prune the apricot tree annually in the fall. Remove excess branches so that plenty of sunlight can get to the center of the tree.
Apply dormant oil spray to the tree every fall to deter insects and disease. Wear protective clothing and eye protection while applying it.