Question: Apricot

Hi, I promise I'm a little ignorant on the subject.

This year the apricot tree in my garden hasn't made the flowers, but it is already making the leaves. Why?

Aren't flowers the equivalent of fruits?

I state that last year it was full of flowers, therefore also of fruits.

Waiting for your reply, thank you and send my greetings.


Answer: Apricot

Hello Alessandro, welcome to the Questions and Answers section of our website, the site of those who love plants, flowers and the garden. The apricot should not produce flowers every other year. This fruit plant should regularly produce flowers before leaves and fruit later in the season at full capacity. Evidently his apricot tree skipped flowering this year, moving directly to the emission of the leaves. Before explaining what the causes may be, we need to clarify the physiology of the plant and its priorities to be able to understand ourselves better. The plant has several concerns throughout its life that can be put in this order for educational purposes: growth in height and affirmation, stem and branch development, flowering and fruiting. If the conditions of the plant are not optimal and there are therefore problems that complicate the first phases (growth and development), the plant invests a lot of energy in the first two phases, having no more resources to flower and bear fruit. Having to manage limited resources, the plant tries to invoke the most important things, leaving out the reproduction phase (flowers and fruits). His plant is not blooming because it has problems that could be linked to two causes: a poorly performed pruning or a disease of the plant. If you have recently pruned the apricot plant it could be that this plant has undergone the intervention very heavily or that the pruning has not been carried out in the best way and has therefore caused more harm than good to the plant. Another very probable cause, as mentioned before, could be a disease of the plant that is compromising its flowering and fruiting. A very common disease of the apricot is Monilia, a fungus that frequently affects these plants. Monilia is a fungus that lives in mummified fruit or in areas of branch rot (branch cancers) and attacks the leaves, fruits, branches and flowers of the apricot tree.


Flowering periodFebruary March
Ideal use forBush, Single specimen, Hedges, Balconies and terraces, Small gardens
Planting distance1.5 - 2 m

Generality of Imola Early Apricot Tree:

L'Apricot Precoce d'Imola is one of the best known varieties, the plant is of good vigor with abundant productions, i fruits they have an elongated shape and are thick with peel yellow with reddish hues, the pulp and very sweet and fragrant light yellow. Ripens from mid-June to early July. It is a plant that stands out for its non-constant productivity, it is more abundant in Northern Italy, while it is average in the center and in the south. If the plant is not subjected to thinning the productivity goes down and lasts about three weeks. L'Apricot Reale d'Imola is a variety of apricot with very large oval-shaped fruits. The stone is not adherent and is sweet almond. Ripens in July.

Early Imola Apricot Tree Cultivation and Care:

The Tree Apricot it can be grown in the plains as well as in altitude. As regards theexposure, it is preferable to place the plant in a partially ventilated and moisture-free area, this serves to prevent fungal diseases, adversities to which the apricot is unfortunately very subject. It goes without saying that apricot trees, like most plants, whether fruit or not, are very afraid of water stagnation. For planting, which can be carried out from October to April, a hole should be dug. about 60 cm deep and 80 cm wide at the bottom of the hole it is advisable to put 100-150 g of cornunghia (a fertilizer of animal origin) then fill the hole up to half with earth mixed with topsoil from plantation and possibly some manure. At this point you can insert the plant and fill the hole with the earth dug previously. Finally, irrigate the area with about 20 liters of water. It may be helpful to put a brace on the plant to guide its development. As for the interventions of irrigation, it should be borne in mind that apricot trees are not a particularly demanding plant, taking due account of any rainfall, irrigation must be characterized by a certain regularity, avoid abounding with the quantities of water when we are close to the harvest period. The systems of irrigation more suitable for apricot plants are drip or spray irrigation.

Pruning and maintenance of apricot trees

In the year following planting, let your apricot grow naturally : branches by itself. Apricot blooms on one-year-old branches. Prune as little as possible to prevent the gum from draining. Be content with slightly sprouting the most vigorous branches or those that protrude from the outline so that the tree maintains a harmonious posture, and suppress the small branches that cross inside the top. Apply a healing product to cut sores in February March.

Do not hesitate to do a treatment at the end of winter, then after flowering, a preventive treatment with Bordeaux mixture in order to avoid the development of monilinia, a disease that causes the deterioration of the twigs. To preserve the fertility of the soil and cause good fruiting, an addition of organic fertilizer in the autumn, and then in the spring an addition of a special fertilizer, fruit trees can be made every year.

Apricot pruning: the first cut

As we said the kind of pruning changes depending on the purpose of cultivation of this plant whether ornamental or production, consequently the height of the first cut also changes.

The first cut it is important because it will initiate the first branches, and thus the future shape of the plant's canopy.

Typically for ornamental purposes, the first cut to apricot tree it is made very low depending on the aesthetic needs between 30-50 cm.
In the event that the apricot is grown for production purposes, the first cut will be made higher at about 100-120 cm.

Properties of apricots

Apricot is rich in vitamins B, C, PP and of carotenoids, precursors of vitamin A, a vitamin that protects the body's internal and external surfaces.

200 g of apricots provide an adult's daily vitamin A requirement. Its deficiency can lead to alterations of the eye and vision with decreased "vision" and can also cause easy breakage of the nails, brittle and dull hair and loss of eyelashes.

Apricot, also rich in phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium, is a indispensable food for those who are anemic, exhausted and depressed.

Fresh fruit is astringent, dried is a laxative.

Video: Apricot Princess

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