The Q&A Archives: When To Fertilize An Apricot Tree

Question: We recently purchased our previously owned home. We have an Apricot tree that was relatively newly planted when we purchased the home. The first year we had no fruit, however this year the tree is loaded with small
Apricots about half the size of a walnut. What care is needed this year and on an annual basis to have good crops of fruit and a healthy tree.

Answer: First of all, if you are by any chance planning a veggie garden, don't plant tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, strawberries, or raspberries near your apricot. All of these can share diseases. Since your tree is fruiting now, it is important to keep it well watered if you go through a period where rainfall is irregular. Fertilize in the spring of every year, it is best to purchase fertilizers meant specifically for fruit trees. Avoid fertilizers with a high nitrogen content (first number in the analysis as in 5-10-10, 5 is the nitrogen count) because a high nitrogen count can produce soft fruit with pit burn. Also, if you go overboard with nitrogen you get a lot of leaves but not much fruit. For this reason, try to keep the lawn fertilizer away from the peach tree. Many folks "thin" their apricot trees for best fruit production, this is accomplished by removing fruits so fruits are 3" apart when they are thumb sized.

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