Apricot 'Royal'

Prunus armeniaca 'Royal'

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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.
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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.

Special features

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

Pink, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

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