New to forum and new to gardening! We have an apricot tree that was planted last year. Had one apricot this year which was delicious. The tree is growing well although not straight. What is a good way to encourage upright growth/
All you can do is gently bend it and tie it to a strong upright stake using tree ties (these are essential to prevent damage to the trunk.) As it is so young it will be flexible and as it gets older the wood will harden into the new shape. Check and loosen the tree ties every few months if they become tight around the trunk. Eventually it won't need the stake any longer. Don't put the stake in too close to the base of the tree in case you damage the roots while driving it in.