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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Mar 19, 2017 2:49 PM CST
Hi everyone.

I have an apricot tree in my front yard. I just noticed today 100 or more flower buds on the tree. I know the flowers will make fruit when pollinated, but I am worried about pests. I am worried pests will dig into the fruit and ruin it. I have vague memories of this when I was 6.

My question is, How do I prevent pests from ruining the fruit?

Second, The bark is splitting on the tree in some places. I did research and I cant figure out whats causing it. How do I fix this problem, if it is even fixable?

Thanks!

Jared

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Name: Karen
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Mar 19, 2017 2:53 PM CST
My parents had apricot trees. They would always cover them with bird netting after the fruit started forming. it was a big pain, but if they didn't, the birds would eat it all. I think they also had to spray for insects, but I'm not sure what they used or when they did it. I hope someone will come along with more help!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 19, 2017 3:22 PM CST
We talked about these problems (with your apricot and cherry) earlier this season. Your local Agricultural Extension can help you decide what the problems are. I suspect you should have sprayed before the tree bloomed.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Mar 19, 2017 3:58 PM CST
Hi there!

@Daisyl, There is one problem with calling the county extension office, I already did. They couldnt really figure it out, for some reason. Anyway, If it is too late to spray the trees, oh well.

Thanks for the info!

Jared
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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Mar 19, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Hello!

I actually think I called the wrong place, now that I think about it. I will try again tomorrow.

Jared

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