[NAFEX] pseudomonas resistant apricot? (was St. Julian ...)
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Jan 23 13:27:26 EST 2004
The biggest problem with apricots in the NW is that they bloom so early that
it takes a rare spell of warm dry weather during bloom to get anything.
Sometimes you can save them if you spray heavily to kill the pseudomonas,
but the early blooming still causes other problems. What is needed is
either an apricot with very high resistance to Pseudomonas, or one that
blooms much later than average. There ARE late blooming forms of apricot,
but none of the commercially available. I have been growing seedlings of
Mormon Chinese which is an old heirloom vareity. Some of them bloom nearly
a month later than normal 'cots and I do get a crop now and then from them.
So from various posts, it sounds like the rootstock isn't necessarily my
problem (originally I was looking for info on rootstock to replace citation,
since all my apricots have succumbed to pseudomonas, and/or a more apricot-
like plum or pluot, which don't seem to succumb). I was attributing the
pseudomonas to the poor drainage I have here. But it sounds like it's the
fruit variety that makes most of the difference as to resistance to
So let me rephrase the question. Does anyone know of pseudomonas-resistant
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