Like other fruit trees
The goal when cutting the apricot is to ensure that the flowers, leaves and fruits are adequately supplied with:
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Hobby gardeners thus offer their apricot tree good conditions for lush growth. A rich harvest follows from July to September, depending on the variety.
The apricot tree is primarily not pruned, but rather thinned out. When cutting, always ensure that the cut is slightly oblique. Ideally, a disinfected and very sharp cutting tool is used. When cutting, this must never squeeze the branches.
Tip: cut just above an eye that is pointing outwards.
To prevent pest infestation and diseases, treat larger cuts (around 2 euro pieces) with tree resin. An ideal cut is also characterized by the fact that the apricot has a roof-shaped crown. An angle of 45 degrees is ideal.
In the first and second year after that, all competing shoots are cut. In this way the leading instinct can develop freely.
The following is blended:
- Shoots that grow inward
- Water shoots: vertically growing shoots
- damaged branches and twigs (e.g. eaten by animals)
- Cut off broom-like shoots (near the ground)
Finding the right time:
Regular blending after the harvest is recommended for our regions. Depending on the variety, the summer cut takes place between August and October. In any case, there should be no signs of frost yet.
If you miss this point in time, a winter cut is a good idea. Choose a frost-free moment between March and April. Make sure that it is primarily annual shoots that prune.
Tips & Tricks
In particularly clayey soils, apricot trees delight with their magnificent growth. In these cases, the annual pruning plays an important role.