[NAFEX] young apricot

kathryn stout kathrynwrites at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 1 22:10:51 EST 2003














I got good fruit (and a very vigorous tree) from a
Harcot (supposedly dwarf but it was at least 12 feet
tall and still growing, 7 years old , when the
woodchucks got it--burrowed under and ate the roots).
THE FRUIT  was very good. I had to graft it with
Goldcot for cross-pollination. (Decided to do that
after reading the NAFEX library file on apricots.
Apparently the best varieties vary, from one region to
another, and claims to self-pollination--phooey. Plant
two varieties close enough for their branches to cross
or else graft more than one variety on one tree.
Kurle? in Chicago? got apricots that way, that's what
I remember reading. I tried it and it worked. Here, in
Massachusetts. I had a Harcot tree I grafted with
Moorpark, Goldcot, Jersey, and something else. The
Jersey and something else didn't take, the Moorpark
and Goldcot did, but the Goldcot was the star of
pollination. The year after the Goldcot branch died
(early warning of woodchuck damage--one branch wilts
and dries up, in summer--no amount of water revives
it)
the Harcot didn't set fruit. But when the Goldcot
bloomed, the Harcot bloomed, the fruit was good, on
the Goldcot--and ambrosial on the Harcot. 
I am still getting over that woodchuck last
summer--not
over it yet. 

Kathryn
kathrynwrites at yahoo.com



--- "Lon J. Rombough" <lonrom at hevanet.com> wrote:
> That's the same trouble I had with Puget Gold - lack
> of vigor.  Don't bother
> removing fruit unless you can be sure there IS any -
> it's likely it won't
> set much.  Personally, I never got any fruit on
> mine.  The best results I've
> had so far have been with some seedlings of an old
> heirloom, Mormon Chinese.
> The seed came from Tim Udall in Arizona.  I had one
> tree literally covered
> from tip to base of limbs with fruit last year - the
> heaviest crop of
> apricots I've ever seen in Oregon.  If it can repeat
> that, I may really have
> something.  The 'cots weren't huge, but had good
> flavor.
> -Lon Rombough
> 
> From: list at ginda.us
> Reply-To: North American Fruit Explorers
> <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 21:24:59 -0500
> To: NAFEX Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: [NAFEX] young apricot
> 
> 
> Some of you may remember that I planted a Puget Gold
> apricot from Burnt
> Ridge Nursery last year, in a friend's yard.  (It
> was a housewarming
> present.)  This year he tells me the buds aren't
> green - they're pink.
> It looks like it plans to flower!  I assume we
> should remove any fruit
> that might set.  What's the best time to do this?
> 
> (It was about 3 feet tall when it arrived, and
> didn't grow an inch last
> year.  It leafed out and looked happy, though, so we
> assumed it was
> getting settled and growing roots.)
> 
> Thanks.
> Ginda Fisher
> 
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