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Bare Root Apricots
The first apricots came from China or Siberia. The fruit is a great favorite today, but apricot trees are one of the most difficult of the stone fruits to grow due to their early blooming period and sensitivity to frost, wind, rain and other adverse weather conditions, any of which can result in blossom or fruit drop. Therefore, areas without late frosts are more suitable. However, there are ways to increase the chances for success in growing these tasty fruits.
Tomcot has been proven to be an extremely reliable producer at Dave Wilson Nursery in the Central Valley of California. A few varieties with a later bloom time have been developed such as Harglow and Harcot from Canada and Earli Autumn from Zaiger. In addition, a sturdy row cover can be put over the tree after it has blossomed to protect it from frost and wind. Under those circumstances, having a smaller tree is beneficial which also helps when it comes to harvesting. Most of the varieties we offer are self-fruitful, although two varieties will provide the biggest crop.
Autumn Royal Apricot - Semi-dwarf
Medium to large oval fruit with yellow skin and orange cheek. Pale orange, firm, juicy flesh. Qualilty similar to Blenheim. Great for fresh eating, canning or drying. Not recommended for areas with desert-like summer heat. Ripens in September. 500 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Kry.
Blenheim (Royal) Apricot - Semi-dwarf
All-purpose freestone, sweet, aromatic, flavorful. Long-time no. 1 apricot in California. Early bloom. Late June/early July harvest. 400 hours or less. Self-fruitful. Available on Cit.
Brittany Gold Apricot - Semi-dwarf
A very consistent producer and proven to perform in tough climates where no other apricots do. Large, firm, sweet fruit has an extremely long season for an apricot, hanging on the tree for two weeks or more at the end of July. 500 hours. Self-fruitful. Pat. no. 13504 (Zaiger). Available on Cit.
Earli Autumn Apricot - Semi-dwarf
Late blooming and late maturing, this apricot ripens in August. Medium sized fruit is light bronze over yellow, the flesh is sweet and firm, colored light yellow. Self-fruitful. 500 hours or less. Patent No. 9937 (Zaiger). Available on Cit
Helena Apricot - Standard
Big and juicy, with deeper orange skin than most apricots. The freestone flesh is firm and sweet. Ideal for fresh eating. Ripens in early June. Self-fruitful. 500 hours. Available on Mari.
Lorna Apricot - Standard
A prolific producer of large, sweet, finely textured, very flavorful fruit. Ripens in mid June. 300-400 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.
Moorpark Apricot - Standard
Longtime favorite apricot of connoisseurs for its exceptionally rich flavor and aroma. Reliable producer; large fruit ripens in July. Used fresh and for canning. 600 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.
Tilton Apricot - Standard
No. 1 apricot for canning, also used fresh and dried. Medium to large, firm, rich flavor; one of the best. Widely adapted; reported resistant to brown rot. Ripens in early July. 600 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Myro.
Tomcot Apricot - Standard
The most consistently productive apricot variety at Dave Wilson Nursery 1992-97. Large, orange fruit with firm, sweet flesh. Early harvest (late May, early June). 500 hours or less. Partly self-fruitful; biggest crops if cross-pollenized by another apricot. Pat. No. 7034. Available on Myro.
Tomcot Apricot - Semi-dwarf
The most consistently productive apricot variety at Dave Wilson Nursery 1992-97. Large, orange fruit with firm, sweet flesh. Early harvest (late May, early June). 500 hours or less. Partly self-fruitful; biggest crops if cross-pollenized by another apricot. Pat. No. 7034. Available on Cit.
Tropic Gold Apricot - Standard
Medium to large yellow fruit with orange cheek and flesh. Firm, juicy, excellent flavor. Good for fresh eating, canning and drying. Heavy bearing. Good for mild winter areas. Ripens in late June to early July. 350 hours. Self-fruitful. Available on Mari.