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.
Royal trees will be in full bloom by early Spring Apricots are harvested during mid-summer.
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.
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.
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.
Soil PH preference
Bacterial canker, shot hole fungus, brown rot and peach twig borer.