How to Plant an Apricot Tree


There are many apricot tree varieties such as Goldrich, Goldbar, Goldstrike and Wenatchee Moorpark to name a few. All bear fruit in their own sizes, colors and flavors. The fruit is produced on 2-year-old wood and should be pruned only lightly for the first two years. Apricot trees require full sun to partial shade, moderate amounts of water and well-drained soil. They can grow to a spread of 25 feet. Enemies of apricot tree include the San Jose scale, fruit bark beetle and peach borer, among others. Successfully growing an apricot tree will be a gateway to delectable fruits to dehydrate for individual treats or to make jams and jellies.

Step 1

Choose a planting site for the apricot tree that gets full sun, has well-drained soil and can accommodate a full-grown tree.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball and twice its width.

Step 3

Keep the excess soil from the hole nearby as it will be used after the apricot tree is planted.

Step 4

Place the apricot tree in the hole and ensure that it is standing straight.

Step 5

Add the soil back into the hole around the tree and tamp it down lightly. Break up any clumps of soil with a garden fork.

Step 6

Build a 4-inch high berm of soil around the perimeter of the hole. Fill the area from the trunk of the tree to the berm with mulch to retain moisture and resist weeds. Fill the berm with water.

Step 7

Water the tree on a daily basis for the first week after planting so that the soil is moist to the touch approximately 1 inch below ground level.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Garden knife
  • Garden fork
  • Bag bark mulch


  • Tree Help, Tree Care Mad Easy: How to Plant a Tree
  • Texas A&M Department of Horticultural Sciences: Planting a Tree
  • National Gardening Association: Care for Apricots

Who Can Help

  • Apricot Facts: Growing Apricot Trees
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Paula M. Ezop’s inspirational column "Following the Spiritual Soul" appeared in "Oconee Today," a Scripps Howard publication. She has published her first book, "SPIRITUALITY for Mommies," and her children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Penelope Star," will be published by Wiggles Press. Ezop has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University and has been writing for 10 years.