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Apricot - Alfred

Tangy orange American variety, delicious eaten straight off the tree, preserves well and makes wonderful jam. The beautiful pink-tinged flowers in early spring are selffertile. For best results plant in a sunny sheltered spot - ideally against a south or south-west facing wall.

Season: July

Rootstock: St. Julien A (semi-dwarf)

Planting Distance: 4m (13ft)

Approximate Height: 4m (13ft) after 10 years

Pollination: Self-fertile.The major cause of poor pollination is bad weather at blossom time, limiting the activity of insects, particularly in the case of apricots which usually bloom in February or March. In a bad year a soft paint brush can dramatically improve results.

This apricot tree is growing on a semi-dwarf rootstock, ideal for the average garden.

Apricots need a sunny site and a neutral soil to crop well, a pH of 6.0 - 7.5 is ideal.