Apricot 'Palsteyn'

Prunus armeniaca 'Palsteyn'

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This proudly South African Apricot cultivar is a must have in the garden as it is one of the species with the best size fruit and taste compared to other cultivars. This species has a non-melting and firm texture to the fruit.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Winter

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Palsteyn trees are in full bloom by late winter and fruit will be ready to harvest towards the end of Spring.

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 unto a rootstock.

Seed

Seeds can be sown at a depth of 1.5 cm in 15 cm pots. Germination takes 2-4 months and need cold stratification. The seedlings will not be the same cultivar as their parents.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees.

Special features

Origin

Agricultural Research Council, South Africa

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Rosaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

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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