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Apricot 'Cape Bebeco'

Prunus armeniaca 'Cape Bebeco'

Apricot (Eng.), Appelkoos (Afr.)

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This fantastic variety of self-pollinating apricots is a must be grown in Mediterranean​ areas that receive wet winters and warm summers. The fruit is reasonably sweet and juicy with a soft melting texture.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Cape Bebeco trees are in full bloom by the end of winter. Apricots are ready for harvest during the first weeks of summer. Cape Bebeco is a good dessert apricot and great for canning.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take semi-hardwood cuttings in the growing season. Plant in a good draining soil and keep moist until fully rooted. Commercially apricot trees are budded on a seedling when young.
Seed
Seeds can be sown at a depth of 1.5 cm in 15 cm pots. Germination takes a month or 2. Seeds do not breed true to type and need to be grafted to remain the same cultivar and characteristicks.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees and insects collect the pollen and nectar of apricot blossoms.

Geography

Origin
Greece
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White with pink buds
Scent
Mild

Problems

The main pests that affect this species are spider mites, mealy bugs, aphids and scale. All these pests can be removed by blasting warm soapy water at affected areas. Ensure the soil is well draining or fungal diseases may occur.

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