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Apricot 'Royal'

Prunus armeniaca 'Royal'

Apricot (Eng.), Appelkoos (Afr.)

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This variety of self-pollinating apricot tree is a must have in milder climates. As it doesn’t require long cool periods to flower and it produces its buds and fruits earlier than other varieties. The fruit has excellent flavour and is best enjoyed when eaten fresh.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Royal trees will be in full bloom by early Spring Apricots are harvested during mid-summer.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take semi-hardwood cuttings in the growing season. Plant in a good draining soil and keep moist until fully rooted. Commercially apricots are budded on a root stock.
Seed
Seeds can be sown at a depth of 1.5 cm in 15 cm pots. germination takes 2-4 months. Seed need cold stratification and will not breed true-to-type.

Geography

Origin
Apricots originated in the Tien Shan mountains in Central Asia. Romans brought it to Europe in 70 AD. The 'Royal' cultivar was bred in the USA.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
White with pink buds
Scent
Mild

Problems

Bacterial canker, shot hole fungus, brown rot and peach twig borer.

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