When planting apricots, choose a site in full sun. In cold climates, set trees on the north side of a building, so that trees will warm up later in the spring and blossoms will be delayed until the danger of frost has passed. Apricots are not very particular about soil type as long as it is well drained.
Plant standard-size trees about 25 feet apart; space genetic dwarfs 8 to 12 feet apart. Place your tree in the hole and spread the roots carefully. Apricot trees need to be watered slowly and deeply, out past the root zone. This means irrigating so the water penetrates about three feet deep and as wide as the tree's canopy. Deep watering helps trees survive drought and assists with fruit sizing during late April and May. Mulch around the trees to retain moisture and keep grass down.
|1. Apricot Essentials|
|2. Planting Apricots ← you're on this article right now|
|3. Growing Apricots|
|4. Care for Apricots|
|5. Growing Apricots in the North|
Article published on June 23, 2008.