Apricot trees produce a fruit used often in preserves and sauces. If you intend to plant apricots, then you'll want to know how long you will have to wait to harvest the delicious fruit.
Apricots typically start to bear fruit at two years of age, but might not produce a substantial amount of fruit until they are three to five years of age. A branch will begin bearing fruit when it is at least two years old.
Apricots do not tolerate the cold well. The flowers buds are often killed by winter weather. When this happens, the tree will not bear fruit the following season. Cool, wet weather inhibits pollination from bees and can result in reduced fruit yields.
Harvest apricots when the fruit begins to soften. Make sure you handle the fruit gently; it bruises easily. Once harvested, apricots should keep for two to three weeks when stored at proper temperatures. Keep them at 35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.