Early Moorpark Apricot

Description: Early Moorpark is an early-ripening English variety. By far the most popular and most grown variety in the UK. The fruits are pale yellow blushed orange with a deep crimson flesh that's very juicy, ideal for eating fresh or for making jams. A heavy, reliable cropper producing fruits year after year. A great variety for planting on walls or in a sheltered spot to protect from spring frost. Fragrant light pink blossom appears in the early spring making a beautiful display.

History: Raised in South Hertfordshire, UK by Lord Anson in about 1760. An earlier form of this famous variety which was supposedly introduced from the continent to Moorpark. Although it's thought to be much older than that but it's origins are unknown.

Apricot Growing Tips: Only prune in the early summer as part of the fruit thinning operation in heavy cropping years or after picking in light cropping years. If there is no crop, do not prune. Apricots do not suffer from peach curl disease but be aware they do get bacterial canker quite badly during prolonged wet weather. Pot growing is acceptable provided there is even moisture. Good drainage is essential and for the very best success a southerly wall is perfect…they deserve a prime position!

Attributes

  • Picking month: Early August
  • Uses: Eating
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile

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