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How to grow an apricot from a stone in the country - to repeat the natural method of reproduction, to accelerate the stratification or grow seedlings in a pot - several options. But the gardener's ultimate goal is to obtain a fruit tree resistant to weather conditions. We offer acquaintance with the classical and alternative methods, from V. Zhelezova, unrecognized in the scientific world, working in Khakassia.

Growing apricot pits

Before us is a bone of ripe apricot. It is easily separated from the pulp. If you release the nucleolus - it is sweet. Only such bones are suitable for sowing.

The apricot kernel stores in memory not only the maternal properties. In it, as in the baby of man, the clan signs of previous generations are collected. The new tree will be special. It may give rise to a new variety, or it may turn out to be a dummy. But we learn about it only in 6-7 years, when the apricot from the stone will bear fruit.

Apricot orchard can be diluted in not only warm latitudes. The tree has adapted to the climate of the Moscow region, Orenburg, Khakassia, Eastern Siberia. It is noteworthy that only trees grown from seeds suffer weather disasters, survive. They endure frosts - 40 and heat +40. It is important to use the bones from the first crop of a zoned variety. Adaptation of such a plant in the local climate is high. Consider ways to grow apricots of their bones.

You can drop a fresh bone into the hole for natural germination. But there are many hunters for the sweet nucleus, it will be eaten by insects or dragged by rodents. Of course, you can plant in a pot and get a houseplant. Pampered seedlings planted in open ground will be weakened. Therefore, the development of apricot should go in natural or approximate conditions. So, how to germinate apricot stone?

Choosing apricots to get the seeds for breeding, you need to buy the fruits of local varieties. There is no guarantee that the young plant will be preserved until the first harvest, if seeds of Asian, imported or southern varieties are planted in the Moscow region.

Preparation of planting material

Getting apricots of their bones goes in several stages:

  1. Bone preparation begins with the selection of planting material - ripe apricot seeds. The washed bones dry well and clean the dry ventilated room. Sow them in the ground with the onset of frost. During the winter, the stones in the ground will undergo a natural stratification - quenching.
  2. How to plant apricot from the stone, if winter has already come, and the seeds are not yet in the ground? It is necessary to carry out stratification. At the end of January, the seeds are placed in wet sand in a box with drainage holes. Put the box in a trench in the garden and sprinkle with snow. In extreme cases, lower the box into the cellar with a temperature of +2 degrees and store until April. The sand must always be wet.
  3. Is it possible to grow apricot from a stone in the country, if the material is dry, and it is already March on the street? Put for three days bones in the melt water. Those that pop up - throw it away. Water change, not allowing souring. Mix sawdust with river sand, periodically freeze in the freezer and keep on the fruit shelf of the refrigerator until the time of sowing in the ground.

When sowing in the ground need to remember, not all seeds will ascend, and even more grow. It is necessary to make thickened crops.

Planting apricot seeds

Autumn landing of stone farms is carried out when the first frosts fall to the ground. In the trench, dug on the spade bayonet, a fertile breathable layer is packed, consisting of humus, straw, black earth, sand. The trench is filled, the drupes are laid down to a depth of 5 cm and sprinkled on top with the same mixture. Not all seeds will ascend, only the strongest ones.

The Siberian gardener Zhelezov claims that the depth chosen for planting seeds is erroneous. Planting should be superficial, only then the root neck will be in comfortable conditions. But it is impossible to plant it completely on the surface - birds and rodents will be taken away. He proposes to sprinkle earth on 1 cm. Such seeds will pass 7 circles of hell:

  • temperature drops
  • during provocative thaws, some will die,
  • eat mice and birds.

Nothing appeared to the sprouts that appeared. They tolerate forty-degree frosts, they are not affected by provocative thaws. Spied on this method of planting practices in nature, in the local wild variety - Manchurian apricot. Of the masses lying on the surface of the part gives strong shoots.

The experience of Zhelezov in planting out of the stone and caring for apricots shows that out of 1,500 pieces of seed, only 170 will ascend. With compulsory stratification, out of 1,000 seeds will ascend 900. But there is no price for seedlings that survive despite all the troubles.

Growing seedlings

Growing apricot from the seed after germination is not difficult. The tree can be grown as a root root, without vaccinations. If the drupe originally rose in the space provided for it, it is ideal. In the garden should be at least 2-3 trees for better pollination.

If the seedlings need to be transferred to a permanent place, a pit is prepared, in which organic matter is added, in the form of plant residues, ash, and humus. In a soft litter rooted seedling. Water the plants infrequently, with cold water. Bone trees rarely have a central trunk, so formation is required. The peculiarity of own-rooted apricots is their resistance to diseases and pests.

How to grow an apricot from the seed, plant a seedling, or grow it wild, each gardener decides for himself.

For those who do not have a dacha, but you want to have your own apricot, you can start a potted tree, it will grow to 1.5 m. It is easy to care for homemade apricots - watering, transplanting and pruning. The tree goes into winter for rest, and in summer it can perfectly live in a room or on an open loggia. In this case, with proper care, apricot will delight in spring flowering and sunny fruits.

Apricot breeding seed method

The taste and benefits of the fruits of the apricot tree became the reason for their growing by gardeners. There are several ways of breeding this plant: planting seedlings, seeds, etc. They are suitable for breeding not only cultivated apricots, but also perches. Some try to grow apricot from the stone at home.

Apricot tree can be grown from the stone

The benefits of growing apricot pits

  1. Cheapness
  2. Apricot grown from the stone has a much greater and stable yield.
  3. If several seeds are planted at once, after their germination, you can choose the strongest plants.

  • Apricot from the stone is much easier to adapt to existing conditions.
  • The varietal qualities of the parent tree are rarely preserved, which is a plus for experimental breeders.

  • Trees growing in a pot adorn the interior.
  • Variety selection

    Before you plant an apricot, you need to pay attention to the choice of varieties of this fruit tree. The best are those that grow without problems in your area. The plant, developing and bearing fruit in a warmer climate, dies and does not adapt to the difficult conditions for it.

    Recommendations regarding cultivars varieties:

    1. Apricot grows best in areas characterized by mild winters and hot summers, since its homeland is Central Asia.
    2. If the gardener plans to plant apricot in the Middle Band or in the Urals, then frost-resistant varieties should be chosen: those that grow well in the Far East or in Southern Siberia.
    3. To grow apricot in harsh conditions, choose one of the following varieties: Triumph Northern, Peachy, Lel, Kichiginsky, Chelyabinsk Early, as well as Far Eastern varieties - Khabarovsk and Manchurian.

    In addition, this apricot is unpretentious and resistant to most diseases and pests. One fructifying specimen of an adult Zherdela allows you to collect up to 20 buckets of small fruits, characterized by a strong and pleasant aroma.

    Peach Apricot - frost-resistant variety

    Seed selection

    How to grow apricot from the stone:

    1. Seeds for planting need to pull out of ripe or overripe fruits.
    2. Germination of planting material is not equal to 100%, therefore it is necessary to prepare it with excess.
    3. To select the appropriate apricot bones, they need to dip into the water. High-quality seeds will remain at the bottom, and soothers without a core will float.
    4. When the apricot kernels are selected, you can proceed to their disinfection by immersing in a weak solution of potassium permanganate for a period not exceeding 13-14 hours. If the concentration of potassium permanganate is high, then the liquid must be diluted with water so that it has a pinkish tint. After the procedure, the stones are soaked in water for 10 days, changing the water daily.

    Potassium permanganate disinfects intended for planting bones

    Planting Stratification

    It is necessary to stratify prepared bones, i.e., to harden them with low temperatures. This precedes planting, strengthens the most viable specimens, the seedlings of which will be distinguished by maximum endurance. There are two types of stratification, the first is carried out before sowing seeds:

    1. place the bones in a thick paper bag or plastic container
    2. sprinkle the material intended for planting, well-moistened sand,
    3. leave the seeds in a cool place for 3.5 months at a temperature that will not exceed 3-4 ° C,
    4. If fungal microflora appears on the planting material, each apricot stone must be thoroughly cleaned with hydrogen peroxide.

    The second type of stratification involves hardening seeds planted in the sand at a depth of 4–5 cm in containers that are tightly wrapped with plastic wrap. It is necessary to make holes for air exchange, it is better to use plugs or gypsy needles.

    Gardeners are interested in whether it is possible to grow an apricot from a bone, hardened by cold. To perform this procedure,

    1. bones poured water, which is changed every day,
    2. water temperature should be around 0 ° C
    3. if hardening is carried out in winter, clean snow will be an excellent substitute for water,
    4. place in wet sand and freeze them several times,
    5. Store seeds in a refrigerator at a temperature of 1 to 4 ° C.

    Stratification hardens the bone low temperatures

    Planting pits in open ground

    Step-by-step instructions on how to grow apricot from a stone in the country:

    1. If the bones are planted immediately in open ground, then this should be done in the fall for better hardening.
    2. To grow a healthy apricot, a place for it must be carefully selected. It should not suffer from a lack of sunlight, since apricot does not bear fruit in poorly lit places. Young apricots protect from drafts (as an option, the tree is planted a few meters from the buildings).
    3. Before planting by a gardener, trenches should be prepared. It is desirable that their depth is 5–6 cm, and the distance between the seeds of apricot or perch is within 8–12 cm. If the planting is planned for spring, then the bones are placed at a depth of 3–4 cm.

    To grow an apricot tree that will grow rapidly and produce fruit regularly, you should choose a light soil containing humus and river sand. Spring will bring germinated tree seeds.

    Bones land in prepared trenches

    Growing house

    A bone apricot can be grown indoors using a pot or other planting container. Seeds are preferably placed in the ground for seedlings, which can be prepared from peat, leaf soil, humus and coarse-grained river sand. How to plant apricot seeds at home:

    • place a drainage layer on the bottom of the pot,
    • seed should be planted to a depth of 4–5 cm
    • Cover the container with plastic wrap and put in a bright and warm place,
    • watering should be regular, as to germinate a bone, suffering from a deficiency of moisture, will not work.

    As soon as the first germinated specimens appear, the film from the pot can be removed. It is possible to transplant an apricot from a container to an open ground only in a year if the gardener does not wish to leave the plant indoors. It will be more difficult to grow a tree by the presented method, since after transplantation the apricot may not settle down.

    Apricot sprouts are planted in the ground a year after germination

    A few recommendations, thanks to which the fit and care is carried out without errors:

    1. Transplantation of an apricot growing in the open field is carried out next spring or autumn.
    2. To plant an apricot in a permanent place, it is enough to have a hole of 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 m in size.
    3. It is necessary to avoid areas with close groundwater in order to grow the most healthy tree.
    4. The soil at the apricot planting site must be fertile. It should be regularly fertilized with potash and phosphorus compounds, organic substances.
    5. To preserve a young tree and achieve fast and abundant fruiting, it must be watered until mid-summer, get rid of weeds around it and regularly loosen the soil.
    6. In order for a tree to grow beautiful and prolific, it is necessary to remove dead and improperly developing shoots.
    7. The formation of the crown of a young apricot involves cutting off its crown at the age of 1 year.
    8. Growing apricots from the stone is impossible without disease prevention, primarily moniliosis, which poses a threat to both varietal trees and the perch. Prevention involves the processing of apron crown of quicklime and copper sulfate, diluted in water.
    9. Do not neglect the warming of young trees for the winter with tight bags or dry grass.

    Is it possible to grow apricot from the stone at home?

    Apricot, grown from the stone, is more adapted to the local climate in comparison with seedlings brought from other regions.

    However, the process of seed germination is long, in order to speed it up, it is necessary to plant it correctly.

    Usually, apricot is planted in the winter immediately in the ground, but if the mouse lives on the site, they can eat all the bones, so it is best to grow seedlings at home.

    To prevent mice from eating apricot bones planted in open ground, they can be grown at home

    How to sprout apricot stone

    Inside each fruit is a hard drupe with a core. In order for a seed to germinate, stratification is necessary - a prolonged exposure to certain temperatures. The best germination show fresh bones. Cooked apricot bones of compote will never ascend.

    If the tree is planned to be planted in the future in open ground, then the choice of planting material should be taken responsibly. For planting, choose stones from sweet apricots, taste not only the flesh, but also the nucleolus.

    Before planting, taste not only the pulp, but also the apricot kernel, which should not be bitter

    Sweet apricots and sweet kernels - the fruit of a tree grown from such a stone, most likely, will also be tasty.

    Soak stones in water and remove the floated. Dry bones need to soak for about three days, be sure to change the water every day. It is desirable to use rain, melt or spring water.

    Do I need to germinate bone before planting

    To get the guaranteed seedlings of apricot, it is desirable to germinate a bone before the root. To do this, carry out the stratification in a cool place - a refrigerator or cellar:

    1. Soaked bones sprinkled with washed river sand, vermiculite or sawdust. Then moistened and placed in a container or bag.
    2. The container is left in a cool place, for example, in a refrigerator, and kept there at a temperature of + 2 ° C.
    3. Usually after 90–100 days, the roots begin to peck up.

    Be sure to check the bones during the period of stratification so that they do not dry out or become covered with mold due to excess moisture.

    For the best germination of apricot seeds, it is necessary to stratify them before planting.

    If it is necessary to accelerate the stratification, then the container is periodically placed in the freezer for several hours, then transferred to the shelf for fruit storage, where the temperature is + 6 ... + 10 ° C. So the bones are kept until landing in the ground or pots.

    It is much easier to observe the stones, placed in a damp cloth and a plastic container.

    Varieties and varieties of apricot, suitable for breeding bone

    It does not matter the grade of apricot, as long as you like it. In any case, it will not be possible to grow exactly the same tree, since during reproduction from a seed, the seedling does not inherit the features of the mother tree. Fruits can both surpass the "parent" and grow wild. Therefore, it is better to be safe and leave a few seedlings, and then leave the apricot that you like best.

    If you sow the seed at once to a permanent place - it will accelerate fruiting, apricot will bloom for 3 - 4 years, and when transplanting a seedling - only for 5 - 7 years. The grown tree will be more unpretentious and adapted to the local composition of the soil and climate than the acquired seedling.

    Planting and further care

    Select the largest and most overripe fruit with easily separated pulp. В народе зрелость семени определяют так: раскалывают косточку и пробуют семечко на вкус, если сладкие — нужно сажать, а из горьких ничего путного не вырастет.

    Сажают косточки в разные сроки:

    1. «Изо рта» — съели фрукт, а косточку сразу закопали на глубину 5 см. Косточки всходят практически все.
    2. Поздней осенью. In this case, the bone undergoes a natural stratification. Before planting, the bones are placed in water, the surfaced ones are thrown away. The rest are planted in a prepared trench, filled with compost, to a depth of 5 cm. The distance between the bones is 10 cm. In the spring sprouts appear, the strongest bones that have passed natural selection will ascend.
    3. In the spring. Artificial stratification is required. For this, the bones are placed in wet sand and put in the refrigerator for the whole winter. The sand should be constantly wet, but without stagnant moisture. In the spring, as soon as the weather permits, they are planted in the same pattern as the autumn bones, but to a lesser depth - 3 cm. Do not overtighten with planting, the appeared roots grow rapidly, they will inevitably be damaged when sown.

    If you plan to plant bones immediately to a permanent place, then fill the planting hole with nutrient mixture, as is done when planting a seedling, and place a stone on top. The tree will not be taken out of the soil from the moment of sowing, its taproot will go deep and will be strong, which will give the seedling amazing endurance and strength. That is how the centenary gardens were laid by monks. You can leave a couple of seedlings and splice them by lactation, crown sent in different directions.

    To a permanent place transplant plants the following year in the spring, immediately after the snow melted. Prior to this, they are regularly watered, mulched, weeds are removed, cultivate weak and diseased plants, protect them from pests and diseases. In the second half of the summer, watering should be carried out only in case of severe drought, so that the wood will mature well for the winter.

    Tip Pay attention to the formation of the crown. Apricot vigorous tree, remove the top of the annual seedling and form a low-stem shape in several branches. Unfolded to the sides, such a crown is very convenient for harvesting and care.

    Fertilizer and dressing

    The first couple of years the young tree has enough humus added during planting. In the stone fruit surface root system, it is better to turn the tree trunk into a vegetable bed or flower bed. Put a curb. Fill the bed with rotted manure, cover the top with any organic matter. A layer of mulch will save moisture for the apricot and feed it. In the spring, feed the tree with infusion of chicken manure.

    Diseases and pests

    The apricot moth, aphid and leafworm are harmful. On a small seedling, the pest can be picked by hand, and the aphids can be washed off with water and soap added. Aphid brings the greatest harm, young shoots do not lay the harvest of the next year, and the hardiness of the tree decreases. Do not allow ants to the tree - it is they who spread the aphids evenly across the entire crown.

    The scourge of all stone trees and apricots in particular is moniliosis, a fungal disease. Spores of the fungus spread through the air. Cool and rainy weather during flowering contributes to infection.

    • during the leaf fall, spray the tree and the foliage under it with a solution of urea, antagonists of monilia multiply on nitrogen
    • in February, spray with blue vitriol: 300 g per 10 liters of water,
    • at the time of blooming flower buds - copper sulfate,
    • remove and burn damaged shoots.

    The apricot tree, grown from the stone, bears fruit well even on the poor land. Experimenting, you can get a completely new look, which according to taste characteristics will have no analogues. And already to you neighbors for bones will be pulled.

    Planting in a pot


    1. Lower the bottom to the bottom and leave 5 cm for sowing.
    2. Put 3 bones on each container and cover it with 5 cm of ground.
    3. Water each pot and cover with foil.
    4. Do not forget to moisten the soil from time to time, and after the first sprouts appear, it is necessary to get rid of the film.

    To bloom well, leave the pots on a brightly lit window-sill and keep the temperature at a temperature below 25 ° C. Take the crops to the balcony in warm weather. And most importantly, remember that the seeds love the sun.

    It is best to transplant plants in the middle of spring. An additional advantage will be a sunny and closed place from unnecessary drafts. Each well is required to prepare in advance.

    1. In a month, dig a hole with a depth of 50 cm and a length of at least 65 cm.
    2. Ram the extracted ground with the fertilizer, creating a small hill in which the seedling will be located.
    3. On the prepared soil, pour 2 buckets of water defended in the sun.

    After planting, regular watering is required (5 times per season). If precipitation is not visible, then it can be done more often.

    Recommendations for proper care

    If all the nuances were taken into account and the care was of high quality, apricots begin to grow quickly enough. Fruiting will be observed in 4-5 years.

    Seeds grow juicy and desirable to taste. Consider some points for proper care.

    1. Since May, apricots need to receive regular watering. By mid-summer, watering stops so that the crop can prepare for the cold.
    2. Since childhood, seedlings require the annual formation of the crown. Abundant pruning of the tree is transferred extremely hard.
    3. During the winter, it is important to build a hut of rounded palisade and close with plastic film. In April, you can get rid of the hut.

    Hazardous factors

    To harm the plant can aphid and moth. On a small seedling, you can get rid of the pest by hand or wash it off using a soap solution.

    In order not to form aphid, do not let the ants, they are the carriers of this infection.

    • spray the tree with urea solution in the fall,
    • by the end of winter, use blue vitriol,
    • get rid of spoiled leaves and trunks,
    • before wintering, do not forget to whitewash all the trees, this method will help you get rid of pests.

    Choosing a pot for planting

    When growing apricot seedlings at home, it is better to take individual containers for each seed. Since the root system of the apricot is pivotal, the pot should be deep: it is better to take a half-liter disposable cup or a cut-and-a-half-liter bottle.

    In the bottom of each cup it is necessary to make holes to drain excess water.

    Tall plastic cup is perfect as a container for planting apricot

    Growing tips

    Some people call apricots plums or Armenian apples.

    1. Pits for transplant should be prepared in advance.
    2. With the arrival of spring, get rid of all substandard shoots.
    3. In summer, the seeds need to be watered more often, do not forget to do this at least once every 2 weeks.
    4. Pay attention to the formation of the crown.
    5. With abundant fruiting, put supports under the branches so that they do not break.
    6. If you see a crack in the tree, process the garden pitch.
    7. When flowering, do not forget about feeding.
    8. Maintain heat and when freezing, try to save the tree from the wind.

    Pitted apricots are much better prepared for the cold season and can bear fruit even on poor land than other trees. However, the taste will be different from the mother, but it can be a huge plus.

    After all, there is always the opportunity to experiment and create a new look that will become a unique creation. If you believe gardeners, the method of growing from seed is effective. Thus, using these tips, you can easily get a real apricot paradise.

    How to grow an apricot tree, see the advice of an experienced gardener in the following video:

    Apricot Soil

    Apricot is not very demanding of soil acidity, so the soil can be bought universal or for seedlings, based on peat. However, often these soils are not of good quality, so it is better to prepare the soil mixture by yourself.

    For 1 liter of garden soil or purchased soil, 1 liter of biohumus is taken and 1 cup of vermiculite is added. These components will give food and friability of the prepared soil mixture. To retain moisture, it is advisable to add a soaked coconut substrate; for this, the briquette is poured with 1–2 liters of water and mixed with soil after swelling.

    Landing process

    The growth and development of the seedling will depend on the proper planting of the apricot seed.

      At the bottom of the selected pots pour drainage - small clay.

    The clay fraction of fine fraction must be placed at the bottom of the tank for apricot

  • We pour into the pot the prepared soil mixture, not filling up to the edge of the pot 1–2 cm, and slightly compacted.
  • Spread apricot seeds on the soil surface, 1 seed in a pot, spine down. Do not dig in the bone, as this may later lead to decay of the root collar. You can sprinkle with earth only the root itself.

    Sprouted apricot seeds are better not to dig into the ground, so as not to provoke further decay of the root collar

  • Lightly pour the bone and cover it with a film so that the moisture does not erode, and place the pot in a warm place.
  • Periodically inspect the landing: air and remove the condensate from the film.
  • As soon as sprouts appear, we rearrange the pots on the light warm window-sill, we can also place them under the fitols, if there is no solar window.

    Appeared apricot sprout immediately put on the bright window sill or under fitolampu

    The best temperature for apricot growth is + 24… + 26 ° С. Watering is carried out as the soil dries.

    Will produce apricot grown from the stone

    If in the spring after returning frosts to plant an apricot in an open ground, then there is a big chance that the seedling will take root and in a few years will bear fruit. But do not forget that apricot - a southern plant and in cold climates often die from frost.

    When choosing a place for planting apricot in the open ground, preference should be given to sunny places, without drafts and stagnant cold air. When groundwater is near, landing is recommended on a hill. The best apricot grows on loamy soils.

    Seedling planting in the ground

    A seedling of apricot is planted in the ground the very first spring, almost immediately after the emergence of seedlings. Before the onset of autumn, the tree should grow stronger, develop a good root system and prepare for winter. If this is not possible, then the apricot is first planted in a large container, and only then - in the ground.

    For such a compact plant, you can not do standard deep planting holes. It is better to bring several buckets of compost into the soil and dig it well. When a seedling is transplanted into the ground, the plant should not be buried; the ground level should be the same as in the pot.

    When transplanting apricot into the ground, the plant cannot be buried, the root neck must be open.

    The less you transplant the plant from place to place and damage the root, the sooner you can see the fruit. The growth power of apricot is huge - in one summer with proper care it can grow by 1 meter.

    Growing apricot in the apartment

    If you wish, you can leave the apricot in the apartment and grow as a houseplant. The place for the tree is chosen warm, with the morning rays of the sun, so the east or south window would be the best option.

    You can not feed apricot with fresh organic in the first year, because it will constantly grow and will not be able to form good buds by winter.

    Wintering should take place in a cool room, it is better if it is a winter garden or a cold cellar, where the temperature is kept within 0 ... + 2 ° С. Apricot should be put on wintering after natural leaf fall has passed and the tree has dropped leaves.

    In winter, you also need to monitor the humidity of the earthen clod in a pot or tub, so that the roots do not dry out. In the spring, apricots are brought to a warm place at the time of bud swelling or positive temperatures outside.

    To grow apricot at home, you need to pick a pots of 30 liters

    Since apricot cannot be supplied in bulk under room conditions, a large tree will not grow - a maximum of 1.5–2 meters. The pot is increased gradually, replanting the plant every year at a young age and once every 3-5 years - as an adult. For good growth and flowering tub recommended at least 30 liters in volume.

    Is it necessary to plant apricot grown from the stone

    The fruits of apricot grown from the stone are not always as tasty as the fruits of the mother plant, therefore another variety can be grafted onto such a tree. In addition, if several varieties are grafted into the crown, the total yield of the plant due to cross-pollination will also increase.

    If several varieties are grafted into the apricot crown, the total yield will increase

    It is possible to grow apricot from the stone, but it will not start to bear fruit very soon. For planting, choose local apricots that suit your taste and size - it will be more likely that the trees grown from seedlings will take root in your area.

    Choosing a bone correctly

    You can pre-assess the quality of the bone by the appearance of the fetus itself. It should be ripe, preferably rich orange with a reddish side, with a pronounced characteristic aroma, as soft as possible to the touch.

    Softness should be uniform, if the fruit is soft only on one side, perhaps it is a sign of incipient rotting or a consequence of bruising.

    Having chosen several such fruits, they need to be put at home for a couple of days, so that they, as they say, have reached.

    There is another way to help determine the quality of the seed in terms of its planting. We must take a few fruits and break them to remove the bone. If the pulp is separated easily, then the fruit is ripe. Then the stone must be split, reaching the nucleolus. It should be tasted.

    The sweet, tasty kernel says that the seed is not only likely to germinate, but also that the grown tree will produce good fruit over time. If the "nut" turns out to be bitter, then it is better to quit trying to grow a tree from such seeds, you should look for other apricots.

    For the purity of the experiment it is worth trying a few bones to taste.

    Another important point is the variety of apricot to be grown. If the idea to plant a seed arose spontaneously, for example, after the apricot was eaten, then the result will be just as unpredictable.

    It is advisable to at least find out what sort of apricots were purchased, and then find out all the varietal features. If the plant belongs to the "southern" variety, which requires a lot of heat and sun, then it will not be easy to grow it in a temperate climate.

    At best, the plant will be weak and unsustainable. Talk about getting the harvest in this case is not necessary.

    It is better to approach this task more deliberately. You can choose in advance the variety that is most adapted to the conditions where it is to be grown. There are Far Eastern and Siberian varieties of apricots, which are more resistant to climatic conditions of the middle zone.

    You can ask about the presence of varieties growing specifically in this region - their planting will give the best result. It is almost useless to try to grow apricots, imported from distant countries. Recreate the usual conditions for him, most likely, will not succeed.

    The tree may sprout, but it is more likely to die.

    Basic landing rules

    You can plant an apricot tree in two main ways: directly into the open ground, imitating the natural process, and sprout the seeds at home, planting already grown sprouts on the plot. The first method, of course, is the easiest, it requires almost no additional effort, but as a result you cannot be sure.

    The bones may not germinate or endure winter frosts, they may be destroyed by rodents, etc. If shoots show up in spring, then everything is in order, all that remains is to care for the tree and help it grow. It is better to pre-fence or otherwise designate the landing site, otherwise it may not be found in the spring.

    The second method will require, albeit minor, but still efforts. But the bones can be selected immediately, respectively, the chances of success are maximized.

    Growing an apricot tree from a stone at home includes the following basic steps:

    1. in the summer to collect, wash and dry the bones at room temperature,
    2. in winter, soak dried bones in warm water for two days,
    3. stand the bones in hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes,
    4. put them in a plastic cup, wrap them in a film, put them on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator,
    5. periodically check the seeds, if necessary, re-process with hydrogen peroxide (if mold has formed),
    6. with the advent of roots (about mid-spring), remove the bones from the glass,
    7. plant each seed in a separate glass with the soil, cover with another glass (transparent),
    8. after the emergence of shoots to remove sprouts from the glass, plant on the site.

    Planting in open ground should be done no earlier than mid-May, so that the threat of frost is finally over, since the young apricot tree will not withstand them. It is desirable to further protect the sprout from drafts and wind. To do this, you can surround it with a cylinder made, for example, from a plastic bottle, cutting off its bottom and upper part.

    Apricot tree care

    Apricot loves light and heat, therefore, the place for him should choose the sunniest. A small sprout can be transplanted to a permanent growing place a year after the first planting of the plant in the ground.

    Если деревце не одно, то лучше соблюдать между ними дистанцию около трех метров, чтобы каждому растению было комфортно.

    Землю вокруг саженца необходимо рыхлить, но крайне осторожно, поскольку корни абрикоса довольно чувствительны и уязвимы.

    По мере роста дерева его необходимо прищипывать. This is done not only to form the crown, but also so that the overlong plant will not die during the winter cold.

    Once the sprout reaches 20 cm in height, it should be pinned. There will be side shoots, they also pinch, avoiding unwanted stretching.

    This procedure helps, among other things, to somewhat delay the period of flowering of apricots, which allows you to save the inflorescences from death in case of return of frost.

    Apricot tree needs regular watering, as well as lime whitewashing every spring and autumn starting from the second year of life. It is better to plant several apricot trees at once, this has a good effect on the process of pollination.

    Apricots are usually abundant fruit, so it is better to take care of the props under the branches in advance so that they do not break when the tree is covered with a large number of fruits. Thankfully, this plant will respond to the introduction of lime, and the mulching of the soil around it.

    In addition, apricot should be covered for the winter, protecting not only the branches, but also the roots.

    Whatever way the apricot tree is planted, it will surely bring joy to the owner. Compact, branched, it is irresistible perfectly in the flowering period.

    By the time of fruit ripening, it is also very beautiful, as often located bright apricots are clearly visible against the background of juicy green leaves.

    In addition, the fruits of this tree are not only extremely tasty and useful fresh, but also retain their valuable properties in the form of blanks.

    Apricots make excellent jam, they can be used to make savory sauces. Dried fruits, better known as dried apricots, are generally used for various health problems.

    In the care of the plant is not too demanding, you can grow it without much effort. Thus, there are many arguments in favor of growing apricots on your site.

    We must constantly experiment, make the most courageous attempts, then the garden will become really beautiful and flourishing.

    How to grow apricot from the stone at home in a pot? How to grow apricot from the stone in the country? :

    Apricots are grown, of course, mainly in the south. Recently, however, a large number of varieties have been bred, which have got accustomed and are well fruiting, including in quite harsh conditions of central Russia and even Siberia.

    Of course, many gardeners would like to plant apricot in their plot. Meanwhile, the seedlings of these fruit trees are quite expensive. Therefore, many gardeners have a question about how to grow apricot from the stone. This is a simple matter, but it requires precise adherence to a certain technology. If desired, you can also grow this fruit tree in a city apartment.

    Where to get a bone

    Apricot is one of the few crops that almost completely retains parental qualities when landing in this way. Often, even the trees grow from the seed, giving much larger and tasty fruit than the mother.

    But, of course, the question of how to grow an apricot from a stone, comes down to how to choose the right planting material. It is desirable to collect it from winter-hardy zoned apricots. Best of all from those that are successfully grown by gardeners in the same area where your summer cottage is located.

    Of course, fruits of zoned apricots are usually much smaller in size than southern varieties. However, in terms of taste, they are almost the same as the last.

    Bones taken from the largest and sweetest overripe fruits. Harvest apricots, depending on the variety in June - August. Selected materials are dried, put in a glass jar and stored in a refrigerator.

    When to plant

    The question of how to grow apricot from the stone, is reduced, including the choice of the correct time for planting. You can perform this procedure both in spring and in autumn.

    In the first case, gardeners usually manage to get almost one hundred percent yield of young plants from the seed. When planting in autumn, the strongest plants survive.

    In the future, they can be used as a frost-resistant stock for more delicate varieties of apricots.

    The rules of the autumn planting

    So let's see how to grow an apricot from a stone. Autumn planting is done as late as possible. The fact is that apricot seeds are a real treat for all sorts of rodents.

    It is best to land in November before the real cold hits. The bones are taken out of the refrigerator and put into the water for a couple of days. In the autumn, the seeds should be planted deeper (4-6 cm).

    Otherwise sprouts can freeze.

    Previously, a long groove with a depth of about 10-15 cm is dug in the ground. Then, a little humus mixed with the earth is poured into it. Then, at a distance of 10 cm from each other, the bones themselves are laid. Place them preferably with a sharp end up. Sprinkle with a mixture of humus and finely chopped herbs.

    Bone stratification

    Those gardeners who have wondered how to grow apricot from a stone, should know the rules for the procedure of sanding this planting material. The fact is that if the seeds collected in summer are simply planted in April-May, most of them will not grow.

    Absolute germination can only be obtained if the bones are previously subjected to a stratification procedure. Its term in apricots, depending on the variety, is 80-100 days. The spring planting of apricots is usually done at the end of April.

    Therefore, seeds should be laid for stratification at the end of January - beginning of February.

    This procedure is carried out as follows:

    • the bones are removed from the jar,
    • holes are cut in the plastic bag,
    • a little sifted wet sand is poured on their bottom,
    • top part of the bones laid out,
    • sand is poured again,
    • fit a number of bones,
    • sand is poured.

    Next, the package should be wrapped on top and put in the refrigerator under the very freezer. Apricot kernel stratification should be carried out at a temperature of about 0-5 gr. The sand and seed bag should be shaken weekly in order to avoid excessive compaction.

    Landing

    Now let's see how to grow an apricot from a stone in the country in the spring. In April, the bones should be buried approximately 2 cm deep. The small root neck of sprout should not be covered with primer. Otherwise, the plants can melt.

    Pre-soil in the selected area is fertilized with a mixture of humus (30 kg), ash (2 kg), superphosphate (0.5 kg) and potassium sulfate (250 g). Just as in the fall, a groove is preliminarily made in the ground.

    Then the bones are placed in it with a sharp end upwards at a distance of 10 cm from each other and sprinkled with soil.

    After planting, the area is mulched with sawdust and spilled. Subsequently, it is moistened several more times per season at intervals of about two weeks. Do not allow the soil to dry under apricots. It is not necessary to pour young sprouts.

    How to grow apricot from the stone: the choice of a permanent plot

    A place for young plants should be sunny and sublime. Apricots do not like close-lying groundwater.

    Carrying seedlings produced in the second year after planting pits in the ground. A pit and a depth of approximately 70 cm are dug under them. The distance between the trees should be about five meters.

    Dug out the hole should be filled with a mixture of garden soil, humus and ash half. Further in it the sapling is established. After its roots are laid out, the pit is covered with soil.

    At the final stage, the sapling is watered and mulched.

    To moisten the ground under the newly planted trees should be at intervals of about three weeks until the end of August. The following year, apricots are watered twice in spring and twice in summer. Such technology is an excellent answer to the question of how to grow apricot from a stone in the country, healthy and fruitful.

    Homemade apricots

    Of course, most often this is a fruit tree planted in the garden. However, some fans of indoor plants are interested in including the question of how to grow apricot from the stone at home.

    Unfortunately, in the conditions of a city apartment it is almost impossible to get a varietal tree. In a pot of stones, the so-called indoor wilderness will grow, absolutely barren. Homemade apricots are blooming too rarely.

    However, the leaves they have are very beautiful, and the trees themselves grow neat and attractive.

    Helpful advice

    So, you now know how to grow an apricot from a stone at home. Of course, the usual garden nutritious soil will be suitable for this plant.

    However, before planting, many fans of indoor plants add some potash fertilizer to it. Apricots love this microelement very much and respond to it by rapid growth.

    Top dressing of adult plants in room conditions is made twice a year. With this, you can use both organic and mineral complex fertilizers.

    Thus, we have figured out how to grow apricot from a stone in a pot and in the country. As you can see, this is a completely simple matter. The main thing is to strictly observe the planting technology and water the plant in time. In this case, it will thank the summer resident with a rich harvest, and a lover of indoor plants with his chic semi-exotic appearance.

    How to grow apricot from the stone? and step by step instructions

    How to grow apricot from the stone?

    The article describes how to properly grow an apricot tree from a stone yourself. Step by step instruction with.

    Growing an apricot tree in your garden is not at all difficult if you only live in the south side of Russia. If you live in the middle lane, it will be difficult, but possible. In Ukraine, in the central and south-eastern parts, apricots grow without problems.

    This is all due to the fact that the apricot (read about the benefits of apricot) is a tree from the Rosaceae family and is considered an Asian fruit, it loves warmth and is afraid of severe frost. But in order to achieve yield, you should choose the appropriate variety that grows in your region, then the chances will be greater.

    When growing apricot from the stone, you should know that the tree may not retain signs of this variety. For better results, it is advised to plant a tree. Then the harvest will be guaranteed.

    Stage 1: Selection of Apricot Stone

    The first thing a gardener needs to know is that you only need to sow apricot in the fall, even better late. Now you should find a pair of ripe fruits to extract bones from them.

    Apricots should, as I wrote above, choose only the variety that grows in your area. You should also choose ripe, large and not damaged fruit.

    Now you need to soak the stones in the water at room temperature for one day.

    Stage 1: preparation

    To do this, three months before mid-spring, fresh apricot stones should be washed under warm water and put into a basin with water and potassium permanganate. All bones that have surfaced should be thrown away. The remaining planting materials are left in water with manganese for one day. Then we soak all the bones in new warm water without potassium permanganate for 10 days. Water should be replaced daily fresh.

    Stage 2: Pot Seeding

    Now we are preparing a small pot for the future apricot. At the bottom of half of the pot, pour a wet layer of washed river sand onto which to put a few seeds (the more, the better) at a short distance, then everything is covered with the rest of the sand layer.

    Now you need to wrap the pot with plastic film and put it in a dark place with a temperature of 0 to 5 degrees Celsius (you can safely put it in a refrigerator with a temperature of + 1-2 degrees). The sand must be wet for three months of seed treatment. But you can not fill as well.

    Stage 4: planting apricot in the garden and care

    In mid-April, our small trees can be transplanted to a permanent place. To do this, you need to make the landing holes 60 cm deep and 70-80 cm in diameter.

    If you are going to plant several apricots, then the pits should be made at a distance of 3-4 meters from each other.

    The same pits up to half should be filled with a loose mixture of wood ash, humus and a fertile top layer of earth.

    Now we plant our small apricot trees in each pit. Roots gently straighten and fall asleep prepared chernozem. To ram the earth and around the former pit to make a side of the earth.

    Water each tree with plenty of water, with a bucket of water (20 liters) per bush, if the ground settles in the pits, fill up with black soil.

    Throughout the summer, water the trees 2-4 times, depending on the weather, if it rarely rains, you can water more often. After each watering, sprinkle the soil around the planted apricots with sawdust.

    In winter, trees need to try something to warm, wind.

    Apricots planted from a stone can bear fruit after 3 years, provided that you take care of the tree, water it and protect it from adverse weather conditions.

    It is better to plant 5-8 apricot trees right away, otherwise you can not wait for a crop with one tree planted. How to produce pruning wood, see the photo below.

    Apricot from seed Planting and care

    The best time to plant is autumn.. Plant should be at the onset of the first night frosts. This is the natural cycle of reproduction of wild varieties - the fruits fall to the ground, and some of them germinate in the spring. For the autumn planting material needs to be prepared. It should start with the rejection of empty seed. Make it quite easy. Apricot pits are immersed in water for 24 hours. The surfaced ones are just thrown away.

    During the autumn planting, the bones will undergo a natural hardening, because they will have to spend the winter in cold earth. To do this, prepare the landing site:

    • choose a sunny place with fertile soil,
    • we are preparing trenches about 10 cm deep,
    • a mixture of sand, local soil, grass and ripened humus is laid on the bottom of the trenches,
    • slightly compacted and watered.

    Bones are planted at a distance of 10 cm from each other, to a depth of 5-6 cm and sprinkled with the same mixture. In the spring, only some of them germinate, so you need to plant a lot.

    You can plant bones in the spring. To do this, we bury them in the sand and store them in the fridge until spring. In March, planting material should be soaked for three days. We replace the water daily with fresh water so that they do not suffocate, and then we send it back to the fridge. In April, when the weather settles, we land in the same way.

    Apricot planting care in the first year of life

    Growing apricot from the stone means taking care of it. Without proper attention, the tree will not grow and will not give fruit. Properly care for landings is a snap:

    • Cover seedlings with plastic bottles to protect against pests and rodents,
    • water on time
    • periodically loosen.

    The cost of such care is minimal.or rather, they are not at all, if you use empty mineral water bottles. To save money, you can cut the bottle in half and cover the sprout in each half, deepening the edges of the cuts. Plastic should be transparent. On hot days, the protection must be removed so that the trees do not suffer from overheating and can breathe a little.

    Even better, cut the tops of the bottles to form a plastic tube. If on your site, except for rodents, crows or other large birds often appear, then only the bottom of the bottles is cut off, and the caps are unscrewed so that birds cannot peck up the sprout - a tasty morsel of vitamins. When the seedlings get stronger and grow, the bottles are removed completely.

    Transplant apricot from the stone to a permanent place

    When the seedlings are strong enough, you can proceed to transplant to a permanent place. This can be done in spring or autumn. If an autumn transplant is planned, then we prepare the pits about a month before it, for spring - in the autumn.

    First you need to choose a place for the pit. It should be sunny, if possible protected from cold winds. Avoid lowlands, where cold air and melt water accumulate.

    The soil for planting apricot is almost no different from planting ground for fruit trees of stone fruit. The mixture should consist of:

    • from 2 buckets of humus or garden compost or 1 bucket of rotted manure,
    • 40 -50 grams of potassium salt,
    • 200-250 grams of superphosphate,
    • 300-400 grams of wood ash,
    • ordinary garden land.

    In general, the land should be suitable for a young plant. Be quite loose and contain the necessary fertilizers and trace elements. Each summer resident knows the composition of the soil in his area well and, if necessary, adds certain nutrients.

    Landing pit should have a diameter of about 60 cm and a depth of 40-60 cm. The distance between the trees is at least 5 - 6 meters. Most varieties of apricot - tall trees with a dense crown. The top layer of soil is laid aside, we will mix it with the other components of the planting soil.

    Selected sapling thoroughly shed water and carefully dug together with a clod of earth. Carefully transfer it to the landing site. Pit fall asleep prepared soil. Sapling set over the formed hill and, if possible, straighten the roots. Засыпаем той же землёй и уплотняем, чтобы не осталось пустот между корнями. Вокруг деревца сооружаем земляной валик и поливаем его примерно двумя вёдрами воды. Свободной петлёй привязываем саженец к колышку и мульчируем перегноем, торфом или опилками. Все. Остаётся уход и формирование кроны. Примерно на 5 год появятся первые плоды.

    Basic care for young seedless apricots

    Trees grown from pits are unpretentious, well adapted to the local climate and grow better, but still require minimal maintenance. It consists of:

    • in timely pruning for proper crown formation,
    • watering
    • in loosening
    • in making the necessary fertilizers and microelements,
    • in pest control.

    Pruning must be done in the first year of planting.so that the tree forms lateral branches. To do this, the seedling is shortened by about a third, using a sharp shears. In the future, the tree is shaped like any other seed stone seedlings, leaving the center conductor.

    Watering seedlings need 3-4 times per season.. In dry years - more often. Watering should be abundant - 2 buckets on one tree. The next day, be sure to loosen the ground and mulch it with humus, grass, sawdust or other suitable material. Pristvolny circle should be loose, so that the roots of the apricot can breathe and do not rot from an overabundance of moisture and lack of oxygen.

    Fertilizers and trace elements contribute as needed. This is done during planting and in the spring, when the tree starts to grow and begins to bloom. It is better to use organic fertilizers. They not only enrich the soil with essential elements, but also make it more friable. For this fit bird droppings - pigeon or chicken. It is filled with water 1: 1 and insist for several days while the fermentation process lasts. Then filtered and diluted with 1 liter of slurry in 10 liters of water. Top dressing combined with irrigation - first watering the tree with plain water, and then diluted droppings. It is enough 2-3 liters of feeding on one tree.

    After 4 years, rotted manure can be added to the near-barking circle. Start with 1-2 buckets and add one bucket each year.

    Pest control consists of:

    • in protecting trunks from rodents in the winter,
    • spring and autumn whitewash,
    • in spraying against diseases and insects,
    • Digging pristvolnyh circles for the winter.

    To protect a young tree from rodents, its tied with spruce branches, pieces of bark or cardboardso that the mice and hares could not damage the trunk. In the spring the trees are free from strapping.

    Bleached with fresh lime with the addition of copper vitriol. This procedure will prevent cracks from penetrating the infection and protect against some pests such as snails.

    Spraying of diseases carried out in early spring, before the swelling of the kidneys. The most commonly used solution of ferrous sulfate or Bordeaux fluid.

    From insects and caterpillars poured during the swelling of the buds, before flowering and after flowering, in the stage of formation of green fruits.

    For the winter pristvolny circles dig up. Insects, wintering near the roots, are on the surface and many of them die during the frost.

    Now you know how to grow apricot from the stone and feel free to start experimenting. It is possible that the fruits of the trees you grow will be much tastier, larger and more fragrant than their parents. The new variety, grown by hand, will become the objects of your pride and the reason for the envy of your neighbors.

    How to grow apricots from a stone at home

    Varieties and varieties of apricot, suitable for breeding bone

    It does not matter the grade of apricot, as long as you like it.

    In any case, it will not be possible to grow exactly the same tree, since during reproduction from a seed, the seedling does not inherit the features of the mother tree.

    Fruits can both surpass the "parent" and grow wild. Therefore, it is better to be safe and leave a few seedlings, and then leave the apricot that you like best.

    If you sow the seed at once to a permanent place - it will accelerate fruiting, apricot will bloom for 3 - 4 years, and when transplanting a seedling - only for 5 - 7 years. The grown tree will be more unpretentious and adapted to the local composition of the soil and climate than the acquired seedling.

    Planting and further care

    Select the largest and most overripe fruit with easily separated pulp. In the people, the maturity of the seed is defined as follows: they split a bone and taste the seed, if sweet, you need to plant it, and nothing bit worthy will grow out of bitter ones.

    Take the most ripe fruit for planting.

    Planting bones at different times:

    1. “From the mouth” - they ate the fruit, and the bone was immediately buried to a depth of 5 cm. Almost all the stones sprout.
    2. Late autumn. In this case, the bone undergoes a natural stratification. Before planting, the bones are placed in water, the emerging ones are thrown away. The rest are planted in a prepared trench, filled with compost, to a depth of 5 cm. The distance between the bones is 10 cm. In the spring sprouts appear, the strongest bones that have passed natural selection will ascend.
    3. In the spring. Artificial stratification is required. For this, the bones are placed in wet sand and put in the refrigerator for the whole winter. The sand should be constantly wet, but without stagnant moisture. In the spring, as soon as the weather permits, they are planted in the same pattern as the autumn bones, but to a lesser depth - 3 cm. Do not overtighten with planting, the appeared roots grow rapidly, they will inevitably be damaged when sown.

    If you plan to plant bones immediately to a permanent place , then fill the planting hole with nutrient mixture, as is done when planting a seedling, and place a stone on top.

    The tree will not be taken out of the soil from the moment of sowing, its taproot will go deep and will be strong, which will give the seedling amazing endurance and strength. That is how the monks laid the centenary gardens.

    You can leave a couple of seedlings and splice them by lactation, crown sent in different directions.

    You must remember that it is not always possible to grow a tree with a stone with the same characteristics as the parent.

    To a permanent place transplant plants the following year in the spring, immediately after the snow melted.

    Prior to this, they are regularly watered, mulched, weeds are removed, cultivate weak and diseased plants, protect them from pests and diseases.

    In the second half of the summer, watering should be carried out only in case of a strong drought, so that the wood can ripen well for winter.

    Fertilizer and dressing

    The first couple of years the young tree has enough humus added during planting. In the stone fruit surface root system, it is better to turn the tree trunk into a vegetable bed or flower bed.

    Put a curb. Fill the bed with rotted manure, cover the top with any organic matter. A layer of mulch will save moisture for the apricot and feed it. In the spring, feed the tree with infusion of chicken manure.

    Diseases and pests

    The apricot moth, aphid and leafworm are harmful. On a small seedling, the pest can be picked by hand, and the aphids can be washed off with water and soap added. Aphid brings the greatest harm, young shoots do not lay the harvest of the next year, and the hardiness of the tree decreases. Do not allow ants to the tree - it is they who spread the aphids evenly across the entire crown.

    The scourge of all stone trees and apricots in particular is moniliosis, a fungal disease. Spores of the fungus spread through the air. Cool and rainy weather during flowering contributes to infection.

    • during the leaf fall, spray the tree and the foliage under it with a solution of urea, antagonists of monilia multiply on nitrogen,
    • in February, spray with blue vitriol: 300 g per 10 liters of water,
    • at the time of blooming flower buds - copper sulfate,
    • remove and burn damaged shoots.

    The apricot tree, grown from the stone, bears fruit well even on the poor land. Experimenting, you can get a completely new look, which according to taste characteristics will have no analogues. And already to you neighbors for bones will be pulled.

    How to grow apricot pits?

    Eating a fragrant, sweet apricot, bought on the market or brought from a neighbor, you probably wondered: is it possible to grow apricot from a stone? Answer: you can.

    But just growing out of the bone of this sweet and fragrant fruit is not necessarily the same tree.

    In other words, apricot seed will give a tree similar to both “mom”, and “dad”, and “grandmother”, and great-great ... (all as in humans).

    Wild grows - perhaps more delicious, and more fruitful, but not the same as the mother tree.

    Therefore, growing apricot from the stone is not a guarantee that you will receive a tree with the same characteristics from which the fruit was taken. It is always an experiment. But the experiment is fascinating, not troublesome, but the result will be a surprise, albeit delayed. Therefore, we suggest you learn how to grow an apricot from a stone, so as not to be mistaken and not allow elementary mistakes.

    Advantages of growing apricot from the stone:

    - It's cheap, practically - for free, you can plant an unlimited number of bones, engage in your own selection, choosing the most resistant specimens

    - There is a high probability that you will get a high-yielding tree, although it will be a wild game (Zherdelya)

    - Apricot grown from the stone, it turns out more adapted to your soil and climate

    The disadvantages of growing apricot pits:

    - Such apricots (as well as apricot-apricot grafts) very often suffer from bark damage in winter - these are cracks in forks, burns, ring lesions near the root collar.

    Therefore, it is better to plant the apricot stalk on the plum (cherry, thorns), and use the stones from the fruit of this tree for growing young apricots. And already such trees will be resistant to your climate.

    Although grafting fruit trees is a separate topic.

    - An apricot grown from a stone will not necessarily be the same fruit as its “mother”

    How to choose the right apricot for growing from the stone?

    There are a few points when choosing. Take a little overripe, large fruits, the bones of which are well separated from the pulp. This is a guarantee that the core inside the bone is not bitter, and the fruits will grow tasty.

    Take only zoned varieties adapted for your region, in the extreme case - varieties of more “northern”, cold-resistant apricots. Do not plant apricot from seeds obtained from fruits from the southern regions: they will freeze. And forget about the huge Turkish, Spanish and other overseas apricots.

    When and how to plant apricot pit?

    The best thing to plant apricot pit late autumn. Although there are options for landing in the summer and spring.

    Some Michurins advise to adhere to the principle “from the mouth - to the garden”. That is, the flesh ate, and the bone immediately planted. The method is good for its simplicity, but has two significant drawbacks:

    - for better germination, the bones should lie down so that the nucleoli are dried out,

    - rodents adore apricot stones, and will carry them out of the garden bed by the winter.

    In the summer, collect bones, peel off, lightly dry and put in a bag in a dark, dry place. Immediately before planting the seeds, they are soaked in rain or boiled water for 1-2 days, changing the water periodically.

    Before the start of frost (October-November), the seeds are sown in the ground. To insure and not to “hammer up” the ground, the garden can be prepared in early autumn, and then covered with a bag or polyethylene so that the earth does not freeze in this place.

    Planting apricot from the stone can be carried out in three similar ways:

    in the grooves with subsequent seedlings. In this case, the groove is made with a depth of 2-3 cm. Why so shallow? For apricot, it is very important that the root neck is not buried in the ground.

    In addition, the strongest, most resistant trees grow from apricots that just fell to the ground, where no one buries them. The bones of these fruits are the most real winter hardening, without shelter.

    Shallow apricot planting will allow to identify "sissies" and "merzlyakov" - in the spring they will not ascend, but you do not need them.

    If the winters in your area are very severe - you can plant a little deeper (maximum - 6 centimeters). Leave a short distance between the bones - around 10 centimeters. Do not cover beds, if they are very dry, first spill the ground with water.

    Spring landing should climb. The first year of apricot seedlings grow in the same place. Feed them is not necessary, except that closer to the fall of phosphate fertilizers - to better woody sprouts and the tree overwintered.

    In the second year, the best saplings are selected and placed on a permanent place.

    in the pit to a permanent place. Apricot does not like transplants. Each apricot transplant inhibits its development. For example, an apricot from a stock gives fruit for the third year, from a seed without a transplant - on the average for the fifth, with a transfer - only on the 7th.

    After 5 years of age, apricots are not transplanted. Therefore, there is a reason to plant apricot pit at a permanent place. To do this, make a shallow round hole, and in a circle lay out a dozen seed (so that was where to choose).

    A year later, after the first wintering of seedlings, one of the sturdiest is chosen, the rest are removed / transplanted.

    There is another way of planting apricot pits. More information about him can be found in this video:

    3) Planting apricot seeds in the spring.

    If in the previous cases the apricot stone underwent natural hardening by frost, then here it is necessary to create artificial conditions for hardening (to stratify the seeds).

    For this, approximately in January, apricot seeds are placed in boxes with wet sand (there should be drainage holes at the bottom of the boxes). Boxes are placed in a refrigerator, cellar, instilled into the ground - in short, they create conditions close to winter conditions.

    Bones are planted in the ground in April - as well as in the autumn planting.

    In principle, it is possible to grow an apricot from a stone in a pot - like seedlings for spring planting. But it is better not to pamper the tree ahead of time in warm home conditions, and not to engage yourself with unnecessary work.

    Care for a young apricot tree

    Apricot grown from a stone in the first year of life should be protected not so much from frost as from birds, rodents, hares and other living creatures, for which the young escape is a delicacy.

    Remember that apricot is demanding of light and heat, so it allocates sunny or slightly shaded areas, not in the lowlands. The distance between two trees must be at least 4 meters. In one garden, it is recommended to plant at least 3-4 apricots for better pollination.

    It is difficult to call an apricot whimsical to the composition of the soil - rather, it is picky about its structure. The ground for apricot should be loose, light. On heavy soils, soil for planting pits is specially prepared from a mixture of earth, sand and peat.

    For this purpose, the above mixture is poured into the landing pit with a slide, a seedling is placed on the top of the hill, and its roots are straightened on the slopes. Next, gently fill the mixture with the hole to the ground level, being careful not to sprinkle the root neck of the apricot. The tree is well watered.

    In general, apricot, like all fruit trees, should be watered rarely, but plentifully - 1-2 times a month.

    In the future, care for apricots grown from the stone, will not differ from the cultivation of other apricots.

    So, if you are wondering - will the apricot grow from the stone- answer: grow up! But what qualities it will have is unknown.

    therefore most often apricots grown from the bone, inoculate a certain variety (cut off a sprig from neighbors from the nursery). And if you like experiments, wait until the apricot grown from the stone begins to bear fruit.

    It is possible that it is your bone that will be happy and will give you a fruitful, large-fruited, excellent tree!

    In conclusion, we offer your attention a video on how to grow apricot from a stone, from the Ukrainian gardener:

    Tatyana Kuzmenko, member of the editorial board Sobkor of the online publication AtmAgro. Agroindustrial Gazette

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