Apricot Trees

I agree with Earl on this one, it does matter when you plant trees. It’s best to plant apricots in winter or early spring so they have a chance to get established before the next winter comes.

Not that it did Andy any good. He planted this one last spring.

April 3, 2016

It was very happy up there during the summer, but it kept growing in the fall instead of going to sleep. The first freeze killed it.

November 15, 2016

Sigh. As usual, life is seldom simple.


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11 Responses to Apricot Trees

  1. Rummuser says:

    Here we plant just before the monsoon sets in. The four months of irrigation helps to establish the roots and to nourish the saplings till they are strong enough by the time the winter sets in. Not that our winters in the mainland are as severe as yours, but some trees do collapse during the frost periods.
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  2. Mike says:

    Our winters are seldom harsh enough to kill young trees. However, we sometimes have hot summers that are brutal to trees of any kind… extreme heat for weeks on end can dry things out fast. One such year was 2012. We had several new trees planted, but it got hot with no rain. We had 5 gallon buckets set up by each tree with small holes in the bottom for slow drainage. Then, the county declared a ban on watering anything. I don’t think any of the trees survived.

    This year has been absolutely wonderful by comparison. We’re over 6 inches ahead of normal rainfall for the year — and it’s been raining in July. We may actually have a summer without hitting 100°F. 😉
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  3. tammy j says:

    if anything survives in our climate here it’s a small miracle.
    if an ice storm in winter doesn’t get them the triple digit heat and drought of the summer will. not counting the occasional tornado!
    I hate to see a little tree like that succumb. trees are such a sacred thing.
    but knowing andy … he will keep trying!
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  4. I plant throughout the spring, summer, and even fall. I’ve found that most plants will survive, given the right amount of water and protection. Sadly, this year, an expensive, and prized hydrangea was devoured by deer. Now I’m on the lookout for a few cages, which will shield my tender roses and hydrangeas next year! Deer are pretty, but no so much when you are a gardener!
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    • Jean says:

      My sister-in-law calls them forest rats. Needless to say we can’t grow anything without plenty of protection. Roses in cages aren’t quite as pretty.

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