[NAFEX] Frost-resisting apricots grown in Siberia?

Douglas Woodard dwoodard at becon.org
Mon May 23 21:59:53 EDT 2011

I don't know anything about the availability of the Baikalov cultivars 
of apricot or anything else in North America. Given the likelihood that 
they would be mostly of interest to home growers, and given the contempt 
that many professionals (and perhaps more significantly their 
administrators and political masters) seem to entertain for home growers 
and their suppliers, I am inclined to doubt it.

I surmise that the institutions that might be interested are the U. of 
Minnesota, the U. of Saskatchewan, and possibily Agriculture Canada St. 
Jean/Frelighsburg in Quebec.

Because of the different climate and in particular possibly more regular 
spring weather in Siberia (?), one would want to test these cultivars 
thoroughly in North America.

 From a Rumanian publication, it is said that the different cultivars of 
apricots ripen from early August to late September and that the names of 
six of them are:
Sibereak Baikalova
Gornii Abakan
Sibirsk Vostocino
Severnoe Sieanie
Gordosti Hakasii

The republic's name is usually spelled in English, Khakassia or 
sometimes Khakasiya. It is in south central Siberia (see Wikipedia) and 
the capital is Abakan. The population of the republic is a little over 
half a million, mostly ethnic Russians.

The "thornless gooseberries, high-yielding honeyberries, and longkeeping 
apples" would also be of interest.

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

On 22/05/2011 9:33 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
>      Are any of these available here in the States?
>      I have grown Debbies Gold, M-609(?), Brookcot and Wescot
> successfully........................until they bear fruit.  Then they die
> suddenly.  So I would really love to grow an apricot that bears ripe fruit.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Fruit Farm
> 4002 Davis Street
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
> 1-218-831-7018 (My Cell)

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