August 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm #249333
I have this beautiful Apricot tree and Im hope winter has been colder enough for it to fruit. I was just wondering what the symptoms are when a fruit tree does not get the required chill. Does it still flower and form little fruit and then frop off, or does it fail to flower at all?
Have a great day!August 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm #427489
I believe it won’t flower – the chill initiates the formation of buds. But then I’ve never lived anywhere at all tropical, so that’s just what I’ve read.
🙂August 23, 2009 at 1:55 am #427490
we had an apricot tree in our backyard in penrith as a youngster and it never failed to produce masses of fruit every year , no matter how cold the winters were.
It was down the back part of the yard tho if that may have helped?
Did u get any frost at all at your place this year? It may just b a little slow to start ,
i have a stone fruit tree that hasnt flowered yet but the tree 2 mtrs away is in riotous bud/flower so go figure.
I am not worried tho as nature has a way to come thru in the end for us 😛
Hope you get agreat crop when it does start
Cheers KAteAugust 23, 2009 at 4:16 am #427491
Hey kate … no we didnt get a frost this year – we usually dont. Ive noticed a few flower buds starting to emerge or so it seems, along with some leaf buds so we will see what happens. I do know that alot, but not all, the apricots i see around my area fail to fruit each year – i presume due to the lack of chill and wrong variety.August 23, 2009 at 4:53 am #427492
Hmm… I dont think I’ve seen any of my new apricot trees flowered or leaved out yet, there’s lot of buds on them. We got lots of frosts this year…
Pear, plum, nectarine, peach, almond, hazelnuts and cherry trees are budding out now… gorgeous show at moment. 😉
Cheers! :hug:August 23, 2009 at 8:56 am #427493
You people live in warm climates!!!!
The only tree in my orchard in flower is the almond.August 23, 2009 at 9:27 am #427494
Just had a thought, maybe try to increase your friendly polinator insect variety of flowers /shrubs to attract the good bees,butterflys etc, and as a by product any flowers that do form on your apricot will have a better chance of forming fruits.
Good luck with it all.
Cheers KateAugust 23, 2009 at 9:34 am #427495
Happy Earth, apricots can be pretty irregular producers in the best of conditions. You may get a great crop one year, and hardly any the following. I had a tree that would sometimes produce outstanding crops on one half and the other half had hardly a ‘cot to be seen. But the ‘gong’ is probably not optimal for growing them I have to say. My Grannie, who lived at PK had an excellent myer lemon tree though:tup:August 23, 2009 at 11:32 am #427496
My Peach trees have just started to flower, we have had lots of frosts and cold weather in recent months.:tup:August 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm #427497
Lady B wrote:
You people live in warm climates!!!!
The only tree in my orchard in flower is the almond.
I live near acres and acres of them, just flinished blossoming.
What a sight!August 23, 2009 at 9:05 pm #427498
Thanks guys … ill let you know how it all goes 🙂 Fingers crossed as the tree was planted in honor of the birth of my niece – it certainly is growing quickly, just hope get some fruit to share with her!August 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm #427499
We used to have an apricot tree down at Huskisson, maybe 100 metres from the water so never, ever frosted, and it used to produce masses of fruit every year. I’ve no idea what variety it was, though.
Is there any way to force-chill fruit trees? For example, could you pile ice cubes underneath them on winter nights or something?
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