Puget Gold Apricot
Puget Gold apricot was developed in Western Washington and is the easiest to grow and most disease resistant apricot variety we have found.
Delectably sweet and tender, fully ripe Apricots are a unique tasty treat. Difficult to ship when ripe, Apricots are best grown at home or purchased from a local farmer. Apricots like half day to full day sun, well drained soil, and begin bearing in 2-3 years. To help prevent disease problems, spray with copper in fall and again in winter and early spring during dry spells.
Apricots are a challenge to grow west of the Cascade Mountains. Our wet winters lead to disease problems and flowers can be hurt by late frost. Late-blooming varieties such as the Puget Gold do the best in the Northwest Climate.
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Latin Name: Prunus armeniaca
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil
Rootstock Description: A semi-dwarf rootstock for Plums and other stone fruits, Citation produces trees 12′-18′ in height or less.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile, but benefits from cross-pollination with another Apricot.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 25º F
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 12-18 ft. in height
Taste: Sweet, richly flavored
Fruit Skin: Orange
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: August
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Spraying with copper in the fall before the rainy season begins can help prevent bacterial canker. Spray again during dry spells in winter and spring. Apricots are usually not bothered by insects.
USDA Zone: 4-9