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Apricots

ApricotsApricots tend to bloom very early so the blossoms are killed by early spring frosts. They grow best in deep, fertile, well-drained soil. They are not recommended for northern Illinois. Plant two different varieties for better fruit production although some varieties are self-fruitful. Standard trees or trees that are grafted on Manchurian rootstocks are recommended. Apricots are trained to either central leader or open center system. Mature trees need to be pruned every year during the dormant season. They require more pruning than standard apple trees but less than peaches. Control brown rot and other stone fruit diseases such as bacterial canker using recommended fungicide sprays. Suggested varieties include 'Earli Orange,' 'Superb,' and 'Wilson Delicious.'

Small Fruit Crops for the Backyard - University of Illinois Extension