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premature apricot drop

Posted by nelson_ny NY, 6 (My Page) on
Wed, May 28, 14 at 21:24

I have a self-pollinating apricot tree (var. Hargrand) that is now in its 4th year since being planted out as a stick. For the past couple of years it has flowered & set abundant fruit which, however, have almost all dropped off by this time of the year. Any ideas as to the cause & potential remedies? The people I bought it from think its the squirrels, tho that doesn't explain why the fruit is still lying on the ground. Elsewhere I read that it could also be due to embryo abortion due to incomplete or non-fertilization of the flowers, meaning a second cultivar is required, which doesn't quite square with this being a supposedly self-pollinating tree.

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RE: premature apricot drop

Apricots bloom early in the season. Around here, we get a crop about one out of 10 years.

The reasons are several:
buds freeze.
too cold for bees to work.

RE: premature apricot drop

Also possibly tree too young to sustain fruit.

RE: premature apricot drop

A crop every 10 years? Wow, that is minimal considering the lifespan of the tree is around 12-15 years. I think at 4 years the tree should be able to sustain fruit.

I stand corrected, by the way: no sign of fruit on the ground this time around. I may try netting next year.

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