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Skin scars/splitting on apricots

Posted by bejay9_10 zone 9/10 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 25, 12 at 9:13

I have an older Blenheim apricot that grew from seedling, and now about 5-6 years old. It has always produced a great number of fruit, very sweet and juice. However, last year almost all of fruit looked sun burned with splitting skin and not edible looking.

Is this some sort of fungus or perhaps the tree is in need of drastic pruning. Any suggestions?


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RE: Skin scars/splitting on apricots

Did you have a hot spell? Blenheim is susceptible to pit burn, which sort of "cooks" the fruit from the inside out when temps are above about 100 degrees. No guarantee that what you have is a Blenheim if it grew from a seed.

I have a seedling apricot with almost no fuzz which is kind of tough and sometimes gets russeting and/or splits.

RE: Skin scars/splitting on apricots

The apricot you describe sounds similar. I'm only 7-8 blocks from the ocean - so hot spells rarely hit that high, although the orchard does get a lot of reflected heat from a recently built twinhome next door. In many respects I welcomed it for a banana tree nearby, but perhaps it is going to be a trade-off.

The apricot fruit is very sweet - and decidedly different than a newly planted Blenheim Royal - just 2 years ago, which also receives such reflected heat, but not affected.

It does sound and look like sunburn however - or perhaps bird damage - from testing for ripeness.

Thank you for reply.


RE: Skin scars/splitting on apricots

The russeting and cracking on my volunteer fruits is mainly where the sun shines directly on the fruit.

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