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Dakota Gardener: Growing apricots in North Dakota
North Dakota Ag Connection - 03/17/2023

The delicate blossoms of an apricot tree can take your breath away.

These white and pink flowers burst open in April while other trees are still sleeping. It’s an amazing sight and a sign that spring is upon us.

But winters in North Dakota do not go away quickly or quietly. In many years, apricot blossoms suffer frost injury and the tree fails to produce fruits.

How can we enjoy both the splendor of apricot blossoms in spring and their golden fruits in summer?

We need to delay the blooming as long as possible.

Start by location. Plant your tree near your home and away from frost pockets.

All fruit trees like a sunny spot, but plant your apricot tree where it gets only the morning sun. An east-facing location is ideal.

Avoid an open southern or western exposure. The afternoon sun under these exposures during a warm spell in April can trigger the flower buds to open early. This may lead to frosted blossoms and a barren tree.

Next, mulch the tree with shredded bark or wood chips. These organic mulches will insulate the soil, preventing extreme temperature swings and preventing the soil from warming up quickly in spring. This will keep the tree cool and delay its blooming.

Do not use rock mulches. These mulches generate heat around the tree, causing apricot trees to open their buds prematurely. Rocky mulches lead to fruitless trees.

There are lots of apricot varieties to choose from. Let’s select a variety that can survive our frigid winters yet bloom late in spring.


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