Apricot growing can be highly rewarding yet challenging in our climate. Quite often apricot trees flower before the last frost of the spring. Great spring weather for some weeks may bring the Apricot tree out of dormancy, however it would take only one frosty night during the flowering stage to lose the flowers and thus the fruit. On average we would get a decent crop of apricots every 4th year. Luckily there are some tricks to help delay early flowering. The main solution is to keep the roots cool and dormant. A successful method is to plant your apricot tree on the north side of a building, close enough to be shaded in winter but far enough that the spring sun will reach the trunk in mid to late May. This will help keep the ground cold longer during the spring preventing early blooming. Even better yet, you can go as far as adding bags of leaves or sawdust on top of the snow. If adding sawdust, make sure they are not touching the trunk to avoid rot.
Apricot trees like well drained fertile soil and should be planted 5-6 meters (18-20 feet) apart. You can expect fruit between 5-6 years of age.
Apricot trees are sold as 1 year old whips at between 0.6-1 meter (2-3 feet) in height. Our apricot trees are grafted on Western Sandcherry rootstock.