The Q&A Archives: Non-productive Apricot

Question: We moved into the house we are in about 7 years ago and there were two apricot trees. We ripped one out and since then the other does not bare fruit anymore and the one or two times it did it had only about 5 fruit on it. Do I need to plant another apricot to help pollinate the tree or what.

Answer: Some apricot trees are self-fruitful and others do better with a pollinator. It's difficult to tell whether the variety you have needs a pollinator, but if it produced fruit prior to your removing the second tree, it's certainly a possiblilty. Because apricots bloom early in the season, they are subject to late frosts. Not only can the flowers be damaged by cold weather, but insect activity is low during cold spells, leading to lack of pollination. Some apricots require a pronounced winter chill before they'll set fruit. If yours is that variety, you may only get fruit after a cold winter and a warm spring. Try to find out which cultivar you have so you can determine whether it needs a pollinator. Other than that, hope for the right weather conditions so you'll have a bumper crop!

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