Apricot seedlings

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Post: # 2097Unread post Dawn
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:11 pm

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These apricots were from a very old tree. A long time ago, when I was about 12, my mom was driving along the old roads by the airport. It was an air force base during WWII. She suddenly remembered that there was an apricot tree "somewhere around here", we found it, eventually, and it just so happened that the apricots were ripe. I've returned to that tree every year, to pick a few apricots. Other people knew about it too, so I'd mostly just pick up the ones on the ground, enough to throw in the dehydrator or make some jam.

I'm pretty sure the tree has been there since the war, so I'm gonna guess that these seedlings grow true to the mother tree. The apricots are smaller and sweeter and a little more dry, compared to apricots you see in the stores or farmers markets. The tree was neglected for years and years, and looks as healthy as can be. It's next to a parking lot that's now used by the city sometimes, so someone prunes all the trees in that lot now. I don't expect it to be there forever, though, this town likes to cut trees down. The land around it is getting more and more developed.

So, since I have a house now, I decided to try and sprout some seeds. I put them in a ziploc with a damp towel in the fridge for a couple months. I took 4 out, and put them in a new bag and waited for them to sprout, they did, so I planted them in little pots, 3 came up. Then the rest in the fridge started to sprout, so I put them all in the bigger pot, I'll separate them soon. They ALL sprouted, even the ones I cracked getting the shells off. So now I have 11 trees. I need 2 (one would work, too, but my yard needs vegetation badly).

Next spring, the toughest one will go in my front yard, next one in the back, and another in a pot on the patio. The patio tree will be a backup for when I kill one of the first 2 🤣.
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Post: # 2100Unread post MissS
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:23 pm

Dawn, you have a great way with words. What a wonderful story. Those seedlings are really special and I am so glad that 2 of them have a place in your yard. Thank you so much for sharing this story. You have made my day!
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Post: # 2271Unread post PlainJane
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:57 am

Love hearing about this. Good luck Dawn.
Apricots are wonderful but won’t take the relentless heat and humidity of a Florida summer so I’m making do with pluots.
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Post: # 6669Unread post Dawn
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:44 am

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I've managed to kill 3 (they were on a table, dog jumped up and knocked them down, they're safe now), so now I have 8.
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Post: # 6675Unread post MrBig46
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:06 am

The problem is that the fruits of these trees will be completely different from the original tree. If you have the option, remove the grafts from the original tree and graft them to the seedlings that will grow.
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Post: # 6681Unread post Nan6b
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:03 am

That's a great idea, V!
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Post: # 6707Unread post Tormato
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:06 pm

A nice story. Perhaps you can contact an agricultural extension to have a look at the tree, as I wonder how valuable its genetics may, or may not, be.
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Post: # 44205Unread post wykvlvr
Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:50 am

@Dawn how are you seedlings doing now? I just started a similar journey with 3 pits from a Manchurian Apricot. I am hoping I get at lest one tree form them.

Pit fruits are more likely to be like the parent tree as they often self fertilize and if your special apricot tree is the only one in that area it is probably self fertile. This increases the chances of getting a tree with fruit similar to the parent tree. I think setting one of the seedlings aside to use as rootstock for a graft from the mother tree is a great idea.
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