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. Some may even go as far as adding wood chips or sawdust on top of the snow. If adding wood chips, 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.
Our Apricot trees are sold as 1 year old whips between 0.5-1 meter (2-3 feet) in height.