[NAFEX] apricot

kathryn stout kathrynwrites at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 2 19:05:40 EST 2003


I may have been too harsh on the question of
pollination--it was just from what I read, that
someone got fruit by grafting different varieties in
one tree and/or planting trees so close their branches
crossed. It sounds like your trees are at the kind of
spacing (I've read.) they're supposed to be at (I
believe it was in the Apricot interest group info that
there is no such thing as dwarfing rootstock for
apricot) and maybe Goldcot is a good pollinator for
the Harlayne??  25' isn't an unreasonable distance for
pollination of other fruit trees. I also had another
reason to graft--I had room for only one apricot tree.
I expected, based on what I read, and on my experience
with apricot trees, that one tree alone would not
bear. I had one in CA that never bore at all, despite
being healthy otherwise. My Harcot tree here bore only
when it had the Goldcot blooming in it.

My trees are about 10' from each other, or maybe 12'
or so  if I can stand it having a tree so close to a
road that the snowplow takes out a branch or two, in
the winter.
Sounds like Harlayne is the variety to plant--survives
neglect, has fantastic flavor. I just ordered another
Harcot (to replace one the woodchucks got last summer)
but I put Harlayne as an alternate. I might end up
with Harlayne.

--- road's end farm <organic101 at linkny.com> wrote:
> 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.
> --Rivka
> 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
> > 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
> >
> >
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