Apricots From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Calumet, MI
Question by davenpeg
August 29, 2000
I have an Apricot tree with that has been bearing fruit the last couple of years and was wondering, can new Apricot trees be started from the pits/seeds? If they can how would you go about doing so?


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Answer from NGA
August 29, 2000

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Apricot trees can be grown from seed. It's not often done, however, because it takes quite a long time. Begin by removing as much of the flesh as possible from the pit (hold under running water and scrub with an old toothbrush). Then store at 68F for 14 days. Place the pits in moistened vermiculite in a plastic bag, seal it up, and place it in the refrigerator for 180 days. (37F degrees is optimal) At the end of that time the outer shell should be soft enough for the emerging root to split it open. Plant the pit in moistened potting soil, placing it about 2-inches deep, or plant it directly outdoors. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Eventually you'll have a little apricot tree seedling.

Good luck with your new trees!

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