Apricot tree that never was ...

I think that your apricot will have been grafted. The shoots are coming from below the bump in the stem? It may well be a plum that has survivedimage




  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    If the original apricot stem is brittle and dead then there is no point in leaving it attached to the living part which may or may not be a plum. However, we are in uncharted territory from now on. The adventure is yours.....

  • PeterE17PeterE17 Posts: 129

    If you bought them on the web, the original sales description might include the type of dwarfing rootstock, and that could help you decide

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,356

    I would suggest selecting the strongest looking shoot and cutting the rest off - gently dig down and cut each one where it joins the rootstock if you can .  By doing that you'll end up with something tree-shaped and probably a plum - St Julian A or Torinel are rootstocks usually used for apricots.  If you leave all six shoots, you will end up with a kind of bushy mess and it will take longer to get to a blossoming stage (although you are still probably looking at a three to five year wait.) 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Sara I am impressed about the nasturtiums. I put a lot of seeds into my big tub this year and have had a grand total of TWO plants. And they are sickly looking things. I bow to your nasturtium skillsimage

  • Nasturtiums can't survive the cold winter, but they leave their seeds arround, and it will be these seeds that grow next year when the time is right.

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