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Apricot
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In the mild climates of coastal Southern California, apricot trees often do not get enough winter chill to reliably produce fruit. In addition, very warm weather in the winter months can disrupt their winter dormancy, and lead to poor fruit set or premature fruit drop. Rain during bloom time can prevent fruit set as well. To succeed with apricots in this climate, it is important to choose a low-chill variety such as \'Gold Kist\', \'Royal\', \'Autumn Royal\', or \'Early Golden\'.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Buy

        Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any "cold spots" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods, but don't overwater.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any "cold spots" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods, but don't overwater.

  • March
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

  • April
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

  • May
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

    • Harvest

        Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

  • June
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

    • Harvest

        Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

  • July
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Prune

        Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    • Harvest

        Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

  • August
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Prune

        Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

  • September
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

  • October
    • Water

        Water regularly during the growing season.

    • Mulch

        Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

  • November
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods, but don't overwater.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods, but don't overwater.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

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            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.

            • February

              Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any \"cold spots\" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.

            • February

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any \"cold spots\" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
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            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

              • February

                Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

              • March

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • April

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • May

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • June

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • July

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • August

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • September

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • October

                Water regularly during the growing season.

              • November

                Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

              • December

                Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • July

                Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.

              • August

                Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

              • April

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

              • May

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

              • June

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

              • July

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

              • August

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

              • September

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

              • October

                Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • April

                Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

              • May

                Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

              • June

                Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

            • Pest/Disease Inspection

              What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

              •  Jan
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              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Transplant

                  When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
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                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Propagate

                    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
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                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Harvest

                      When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • May

                        Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

                      • June

                        Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

                      • July

                        Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

                    • Special requirements

                      Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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