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My apricot tree refuses to sleep.

I'm worried. My Apricot tree has never done this before. It still has it's full summer leaf cover. It's little buds are decernable in a limited way at the end of the stems and in leaf axils, but no sign of leaf fall despite the wicked winds up here, in fact it looks very healthy indeed. Did I do wrong to feed it too well last year, or is it climate related? I'm on a mountain facing the ocean looking north. Surely it should be all tucked up in it's pot for the winter?

It is in a huge and heavy clay pot, so I am loathed to try to move it to a harsher spot, but I know fruit trees need to sleep in winter to do their best, so is moving it my only option?
Many thanks for your attention.


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I don't know about your apricot, Dinah, but I am finding all sorts of plants behaving oddly this year, perennials flowering in December, trees holding their leaves or starting into growth at the 'wrong' time. I think our poor gardens are struggling with climate change and some plants have lost the plot completely. Winter hasn't started properly, here, but it will come.
  • Balgay.HillBalgay.Hill Posts: 1,090
    Bonkers weather.
    I was admiring a beautiful new bloom on one of my roses yesterday. End of January! In Scotland!
    What winter?
    Sunny Dundee
  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,128
    I had the same thing last year and we had a much colder winter, so don't know if it is climate related. I have two Moor Park apricot trees and they sit side by side. One last year lost its leaves normally but the other hung onto them until the new leaves came in spring. They both fruited normally this year and have both lost their leaves now, although the one that kept it's leaves last year did hold on to them for a few weeks longer.
  • GearóidGearóid Posts: 198
    It's been a strange year. I'm up north and we really haven't had winter yet, barely even a frost. I've just looked outside and spotted my carnations in full bloom. 

    It's going to be a wait and see year for me, there's not a lot you can do. 
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    Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.
  • DinahDinah Posts: 294
    Thank you all, I see it is not so strange (at least nowadays with the unusual climate conditions) so I will leave the pot there, enjoy the leaves looking lovely and wait, as suggested. If your having similar problems (as several of you have suggested here) it is amaizing how sharing them can help to make sense of it all. It is really quite oddly disturbing when something changes which has never changed before.

    Me, I think I will go hybernate in my own pot till the wind and rain settles down, reasured that my Apricott tree will be as it should be. :):smiley: Many thanks.
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