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Apricots are grown outdoors as far north as southern Sweden (occasionally even in Norway). They require warm sunny walls where there is good shelter from prevailing winds and from early frosts, and will do best in the drier and sunnier east and southeast of Ireland. Apricots are not sufficiently hardy for open situations in Ireland. They may also be grown in conservatories or greenhouses (may require hand-pollination indoors).

Although most modern apricot varieties are regarded as self-fertile and will produce fruit when planted as a single tree, yields are likely to be better when several varieties are planted together. The trees should be planted in deep, well drained and fertile soil. The month refers to harvesting/eating period.The varieties offered here are among the most hardy and adaptable to cool, damp summers.

Bare-rooted maiden and 2yr trees on St Julien A rootstock.

Barerooted trees (supplied December 2016-April 2017)
  Unit Price (euro)
1 tree 2 trees 3-9 trees 10-49 trees 50-199 trees 200 trees+
Apricot maidens on St Julien A rootstock
32.00
29.00
26.50
24.80
20.00
P.O.A.
Apricot 2yr on St Julien A rootstock
40.00
36.00
33.00
P.O.A.
P.O.A.
P.O.A.

Aprimira (New)                        
Hybrid between mirabelle and apricot. Small yellow-pink fruit with distinctive apricot flavour. Makes a very compact tree, possibly suited for container growing. Rather special but requires warm sunny sites, best grown against a wall.
Has cropped successfully outside at our trial site near Westport (2016). Slightly hardier than the Flavor King (below). Partially self fertile but also pollinated by early plums (pollination group 1).

Flavor King (New)                       
Hybrid between plum and apricot. Purple fruit with apricot scent and rich sweet flavour. Makes a very compact tree, possibly suited for container growing. Like the aprimira, rather special but requires warm sunny sites, best grown against a wall.
Partially self fertile but also pollinated by early plums (pollination group 1).

Golden Glow                                                  
Small to medium-sized yellow fruit. Juicy with excellent flavour. Very hardy. Compact tree. Early August. Originates from seedling found growing wild in Worcestershire 1985

Helena de Rousillon   (NEW)                                               
Medium-sized orange-red fruit. Sweet with excellent flavour. Mid August. Late flowering so less susceptible to spring frosts.
Good disease resistance. France 1989

Tomcot                                                 
Large orange fruit flushed with red. Sweet with good flavour when fully ripe. Reliable in cool summers. Produces abundance of flowers over long period. Late July. USA 1996

Vigama. Exciting new variety with long flowering period followed by large red fruit. Will succeed out of doors in favourable location (sunny wall best).

All varieties available February 2017


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