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Apricot trees

Apricots are a rewarding fruit to grow, being relatively undemanding apart from feed and water and producing a delicious tasting fruit packed will juice that provides fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Fruits grown organically and eaten fresh from the tree are better and much sweeter than anything that can be bought from the shelves of supermarkets. Apricot trees tend to establish best when planted between September and May, although potted trees can actually be planted at any time of the year providing the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. They are self-fertile specimens, producing a reliable, bumper crop with just a single tree, so no need to worry about pollination groups or pairing them with a second tree. All apricot trees are best grown in a warm, sheltered sunny site in a deep, moist yet well-drained soil, ideally slightly alkaline. Trees grown next to a south-facing wall have the benefit of extra protection but will blossom earlier as a result. The fruit can be canned, dried, eaten fresh, cooked or even used to make wine. See our guide on how to grow your own apricot tree for more detailed help and advice.

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