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Goldcot Apricot Tree
A good reliable modern variety, Gold Cott (Prunus armeniaca 'Gold Cott') was first introduced in the United States of America. A somewhat vigorous apricot, producing healthy relaible crops of good sized fruit. Selected for its suitability for cold wet climates such as the UK. The tree is very hardy, vigorous and resistant to leaf spot. The fruit are medium to large, golden yellow with quite a thick skin, making them ideal for storage in the fridge for some weeks. Also good for freezing and bottling. We commend this variety of apricot, not just because we are the ones selling them but because they are popular for good reason.
Type of Apricot: Eating
Picking Period: August
Fertility: This apricot is self-fertile, so no need for another apricot to act as a pollination partner for it to produce fruit.
Available on the following rootstock:
Torinel Semi-Vigorous Rootstock giving a final height of 3.6 metres supplied in a 7 litre container
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What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Goldcot Apricot Tree
January 2014:All is ok. Goldcot tree is in excellent condition very pleased with it on of the best we have purchased to date thank you. Michael
January 2014:Dear Senior Dogsbody, Goldcot Apricot tree arrived by 'OVERNIGHT' Couriers at 0710hrs which is fine for me because like most of your customers I have a cup of tea at 0600hrs ready for an early start in the garden. Very well packed and looks to be a fine specimen; a well-shaped tree in excellent condition. Now planted up and we look forward to the first apricot tart. As they say the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Many thanks Chris Wakeman Senior Under Gardener
August 2012: Hello Alan, Hope that your multitasking skills run to reading this with your mouth full. After the false alarm last Thursday we are pleased to announce the delivery of a healthy baby which arrived one day late but ready named Apricot Goldcot, the surrogate carrier is recovering after the long delivery but we know the father and he was a real grafter so we are expecting great things from our little peach. She is already potty trained and hopes to move on soon to our earth closet against the garden wall where we all sit in the sun. Very good healthy tree, well packaged and presented, thank you for handsomely honouring your guarantee. Sincerely, Jonathan Harding
Quick Fruit Tree Links
Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.
Planting In The Corner Of A Garden
Air and light is reduced in this location which could promote fungus and bacterial issues. If the corner is of the house and a fence then you also have leeching issues to contend with from cement and wood preservatives. Also when it rains, that area would experience higher water levels so we advise against it unless the plant is very hardy.
Fruit Tree Heights
Taller does not mean more value for money. A 1 year old fruit tree can easily be substantially higher than a 2 year old, this is because they are hard pruned at 1 year old to create the desired shape. Some trees have over 100cm of height removed. They can then have another pruning at 2 years old to increase fruit growing real estate. Most fruit trees will benefit from having a third to half of the seasons new growth cut back in the Autumn to prevent long whippy branches which break easily. Age and pruning completed determine real value.
Apricot Tree Advice
Not a very demanding tree but a few things to remember.
- Make sure you plant the Apricot tree in a well drained spot where there is a lot of sun.
- Although these Apricot trees are self fertile, it still helps to hand pollinate with a small brush
- Prune the tree to allow sun in and air to circulate into the centre.
- As Apricots are early flowering fruit trees, they may be exposed to spring frosts. A fleece over the tree or planting close to a wall should help.
- If you have a large Apricot crop, prune in Mid May as part of the fruit thinning procedure. If a small crop, prune after harvest. Never prune in October through to end of April.
- If pot growing Apricots consistent watering is essential. A dry spell followed by watering can split the fruit.
Important Apricot Fruit Tree information
As with other stone fruit trees such as Plum, Damsons and Gages, Apricot fruit trees are a bit spoilt when it comes to being left in a container over Winter (Oct-March) They may decide out of spite to not do so well next year or as the ultimate act of defiance, just stop living. If you must have your Apricot fruit tree in a container, we advise leaving in a greenhouse or conservatory over the Winter months.