View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:14 pm



Reply to topic  [ 5 posts ] 
 New Apricot Tree Not Growing 
Author Message

Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:58 am
Posts: 2
Post New Apricot Tree Not Growing
Last spring, I bought an apricot tree and planted it in my yard. I put cedar mulch around it, as well as one of those plastic things to protect from animals eating the bark. It is still alive and it grew leaves in the spring/summer. However, it doesn't seem to be growing at all. It is planted in full sun, but it gets a little shade later in the afternoon, say around 4pm. The soil is pretty hard with a lot of clay.

What do I need to do to get this tree growing?

Thanks in advance for your help.


Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:15 am
Profile

Joined: Sun May 15, 2005 10:57 am
Posts: 1365
Location: Portland, OR
Post Re: New Apricot Tree Not Growing
It could be a lot of things. Where do you live? Do you have a picture? What did it look like last year before leaf fall?
John S
PDX OR


Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:55 pm
Profile

Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:58 am
Posts: 2
Post Re: New Apricot Tree Not Growing
I live in Iowa - USDA zone 5. I just tested my soil pH with one of those cheap tests from Home Depot. Alkaline soil.

Last fall it looked fine. Full of leaves and healthy. Just small.


Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:09 pm
Profile

Joined: Sun May 15, 2005 10:57 am
Posts: 1365
Location: Portland, OR
Post Re: New Apricot Tree Not Growing
I would think that it would not have yet leafed out in the Spring yet there.
John S
PDX OR


Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:46 pm
Profile

Joined: Thu Dec 25, 2008 3:58 pm
Posts: 131
Location: Just east of Tacoma WA
Post Re: New Apricot Tree Not Growing
Apricots prefer things on the dry side, and clay soils tend to be soggy. I would really try to find a sandier spot to plant the tree, or you may find fungus taking the tree out. They are really tough to grow in Western WA or Western Oregon due to brown rot, canker and other disease problems. Tend to break bud way too soon and bloom before frost is over.

_________________
Books are better than TV


Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:02 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 5 posts ] 

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: