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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Apricot Tree with Pink Leaves!

Q. We planted a bare root tree Blenheim apricot earlier this year and it's put out these pink leaves in the spring. Is that a sign that it will flower or fruit or that we are watering too much? 
New growth that is red on some varieties of apricot like Blenheim (Royal)
A. No, that's a typical color of new growth for some apricots. It doesn't indicate anything except new, juvenile growth.
            Fertilize it once a year in January. Compost is best. If you use woodchip mulch on the soil surface beneath the tree, you can get by with using mineral fertilizers. Otherwise, use compost as a combination fertilizer and for soil improvement.
            Make sure the tree is getting enough water. Lots of new growth in the spring is a good indicator that it is. A new tree like that should get at least 5 gallons of water every time you irrigate it. Slowly work your way up to 30 gallons by the time it's is 5 to 6 years old. Blenheim is a good apricot in our climate and I'm sure you will enjoy it if you like apricots.

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