How to Take Care of a Newly Planted Apricot Tree


Growing apricot trees not only provides you with fresh tasty fruits to eat--it also enhances the landscaping with its beautiful foliage and massive spring blossoms. Proper care of an apricot tree will ensure the tree not only survives, but also flourishes. A healthy standard size apricot tree supplies 3 to 4 bushels of fruits; a dwarf variety, 1 to 2 bushels. Provide the proper care for your apricot tree from the time it is planted for best results.

Step 1

Use a shovel to add a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the bottom of the newly planted apricot tree. This prevents weeds from growing near the apricot tree and retains moisture in the soil.

Step 2

Keep the mulch at least 6 inches from the trunk. Make a circle around the tree going out at least 4 feet.

Step 3

Supply several gallons of water to the newly planted apricot tree. Continue to water the tree weekly any time the soil is dry 2 inches down and rain is not expected. Do this until fall.

Step 4

Prune any damaged or broken branches when first planted. Prune only branches crossing or rubbing in the center of the tree during growing season. Wait for two growing seasons after planting to do any type of major pruning.

Step 5

Keep an eye on the apricot tree for any signs of insects or disease. Check all parts of the tree for any discolorations, markings or other signs of infection. The problems and control needed varies depending on your location. Contact your local Extension or garden center for details on how to identify and address any problems found.

Step 6

Apply fertilizer at the end of winter of the first season. Apply a second application during the following year's growth period of the apricot tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • Water
  • Fertilizer


  • Apricot Facts: Growing Apricot Trees
  • Trees Are Good: New Tree Planting
  • Apricot Tree Planting

Who Can Help

  • National Gardening Association: Plant Care Guides - Apricot
  • Gardening Know How: Care of Apricot Trees
  • Arbor Day Foundation: Apricot Tree
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published in Southwest, Intel, TravelChannel, AmericanAirlines, Poker4Amateurs, AOL, CityGuides, Yahoo, GardenGuides and more. Dilov-Schultheis is an electronics media specialist and has a degree in Accounting.