road's end farm
organic101 at linkny.com
Wed Apr 2 08:23:55 EST 2003
I have Harlayne. Harogem, Goldcot, and Hargrand apricots planted. These
have suffered from wildly erratic weather (including several years of
severe drought with little to no irrigation water available, and several
winters/springs of wildly oscillating temperatures, in a location
borderline for apricot), and also from my
ignorance/incompetence/neglect. They are under organic management, but I
knew little about growing tree fruits when I planted them, and since
then have been concentrating mostly on the vegetable crops and
strawberries. Many of the trees have died. The best survivors are
Harlayne and Goldcot, but flavor on the Goldcot here is so poor they're
not worth picking, totally bland and mushy texture. The flavor on
Harlayne is fantastic, and my opinion of the others' flavor may suffer
from the comparison. They all seem to pollinate fine, though at this
point some of the surviving trees are 25' or more from their nearest
neighbors. We get a variety of pollinating insects; I don't know what
all of them are, but they include honeybee, what I'm fairly sure is
orchard mason bee, and some that look like small flies.
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
On Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at 10:10 PM, kathryn stout wrote:
> 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
> 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
> over it yet.
> kathrynwrites at yahoo.com
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