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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In the mild climates of coastal Southern California, apricot trees often do not get enough winter chill to reliably produce fruit. In addition, very warm weather in the winter months can disrupt their winter dormancy, and lead to poor fruit set or premature fruit drop. Rain during bloom time can prevent fruit set as well. To succeed with apricots in this climate, it is important to choose a low-chill variety such as \'Gold Kist\', \'Royal\', \'Autumn Royal\', or \'Early Golden\'.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any \"cold spots\" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any \"cold spots\" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
    March
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    April
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.
    May
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.
    June
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.
    July
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Prune

    Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.
    3. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.
    August
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Prune

    Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.
    3. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    September
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
    December
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.

    February

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the right variety.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any \"cold spots\" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.

    February

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. If your yard has any \"cold spots\" in winter, try planting there, but do not plant where soil is soggy in winter.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    February

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    February

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

    September

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    March

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    April

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    May

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    June

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    July

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    August

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    September

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    October

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    July

    Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.

    August

    Prune after harvest, but only to shape trees. Do not cut back heavily or over-prune.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    April

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    May

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    June

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    July

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    August

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    September

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    October

    Maintain a generous mulch around trees to keep soil moist and conserve water use.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    April

    Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

    May

    Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

    June

    Protect ripening fruit from birds, if necessary.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    May

    Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

    June

    Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

    July

    Harvest apricots when fully ripe and fruit comes easily off the tree.

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