apricot trees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ctsoliz
June 30, 2010
does my apricot tree need another in the neighborhood to product fruit? this year i did not get any fruit and i remembered that the neighbor cut his apricot tree down this last winter. also is there a life span for apricot trees? mine is maybe 28 years old.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Most apricot trees are self-fruitful, that is they do not need another variety as a pollinator. The exceptions are the varieties 'Perfection' and 'Ribald'. So it's possible that you have one of these two varieties that need a pollinator. Other factors that could interfere with pollination are a lack of bees to do the pollinating and a frost at blossom time. While a 28-year-old tree is not a youngster, if the tree itself is still vigorous, it should still be able to set a fruit crop.

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