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.
Palsteyn trees are in full bloom by late winter and fruit will be ready to harvest towards the end of Spring.
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.
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.
Attracts useful insects
Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
Soil PH preference
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.