i had to order 2 more trees to get a price beak on a recent tree order; opted for 2 apricots, but i assumed they would be a once in five year crop here along the front range in CO.
i plan to protect them, and work on getting some kind of heat sink that will help keep them warm[er] in the winter.
any feedback is appreciated.
http://www.cloud9farms.com/ - Southern Colorado - Zone 5 (-19*f) - 5300ft elevation - 12in rainfall plus irrigation rights
Dairy cows, "hair" sheep, Kune Kune pigs, chickens, guineas and turkeys
I've never grown them myself, but there are sure apricot trees here, and have been for decades.
The tree i harvested the fruit from is on a high terrace above the river, and doesn't receive any supplemental irrigation or special protection. The fruits were smaller and a bit drier than normal, but had a delightful tart flavor when dehydrated.
I'm sure your trees on the front range will do great, especially if you protect them from the wind!
Also, I recommend watering them deeply and infrequently to encourage a deep root system, possibly with a molasses-based compost tea to encourage mychorizae.
In his book, Sepp Holzer discusses planting nursery rejects in the fall, by placing them in the ground with his hugel bed, and not watering them until after the first winter to encourage deep roots.
Let us know how it goes Kelly!
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