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Anyone ever heard of this cultivar?

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Has anyone ever heard of the 'Tardie De Bourdonel' Apricot before? When I was growing up our neighbour had the variety and it was delicious, but I don't know where to source some scionwood or a tree. Any recommendations?

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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi BT

It's an old French heirloom variety. It's on offer at Yalca Nursery in Vic at the moment priced at $28.00 a pop. You can mail order it Now!

Happy GARDENING :-)
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Original Post was last edited: 5th May 2018 8:55am
David01 says...
Hi BlackThumbed,

Yes, it is a french Apricot and on sale at the moment. Cheers

https://www.yalcafruittrees.com.au/shop/apricot-trees/tardi-de-bourdonel-apricot/
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BlackThumbed says...
Thank you both! I’ve looked at some reviews and apparently they aren’t all that reliable. Does anyone have any experience dealing with them?

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Original Post was last edited: 6th May 2018 9:48am
brad16 says...
Hi BlackThumbed,

Dealing with Yalca you mean?

Before purchasing from Yalca, I had previously purchased bare root trees from other suppliers, so I was accustomed to how other suppliers did business and how their products where represented, as far as presentation and service goes. My first delivery from Yalca didn't impress me very much, but that impression was short lived.

Let me explain.

Prior to my experience with Yalca, Garden Express had set the benchmark for bare root deliveries. Compared to any other supplier of bare root trees, my Garden Express deliveries of peaches, nectarines and plums were more advanced, in superb condition and superbly packaged.
The majority of the trees were around 2 metres tall, still with all branches (and terminal buds) attached, and individually bagged with moistened sphagnum moss. Their presentation and condition was meticulous.

Other bare root suppliers, like Woodbridge Fruit Trees, Heritage Fruit Trees and Daleys, were also good, but the trees are all pruned down to 1 metre or so. Making them look more like 'whips', some with a few branches. So my delivery from Garden Express was basically a year, at least, ahead in growth and presentation.

In comparison, Yalca's deliveries arrived all bundled up and wrapped in black plastic. The overall root ball (of all the trees), still carrying a bit of the 'Yalca dirt' (which looked like nice dirt btw!), had moistened grass clippings packed around them, and the plants themselves were probably more heavily pruned. So they didn't impress much compared to the others when unpacking them. So I understand completely how disappointing a first impression of Yalca can be.

The difference between Yalca and the others (especially Garden Express) is that Yalca doesn't focus on 'dazzle them with presentation and shiney-sparkely-things'. This is not a bad thing either, because what they are doing is keeping the costs down. This is very much appreciated by people purchasing many plants or planting out orchards.

I'm planting out orchards. I don't buy one or two trees for my own personal 'Monet's Garden'. Yalca fills my needs very well and they have become one of my preferred suppliers. That said, I can understand someone expecting more presentation because they are more 'garden' inclined, but want fruit also.

Nursery suppliers are different, with each one offering something that the others don't.

Garden Express focuses more on a traditional 'English' style garden. They do have bare root fruit trees, but they are very 'retail' and their stocklist is similar to what you'd expect to find at Bunnings. Their main business is bulbs, perennials, roses etc etc etc ... and even etc. I've personally exhausted everything I want from their stocklist, so I don't order from them any more. If you are 'sculpting' your own 'Monet's Garden', they are well worth looking up.

Yalca would be the least 'retail'. The packages you receive will look less 'professional' and more 'backyard-ish'. Don't expect a fanfare, but they have some unique offerings (as you've now discovered), and once the trees are in the ground, the end result is a tree. Walking through my orchards, I can't tell which trees came from which supplier.
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David01 says...
Hi BlackThumbed,

I ordered Yalca a few times and they all good. For bare root, the timing is very important if the Apricot tree delivers before July then it should be fine. If it is delivered close to its wake up time then sometime its fails to grow. Cheers
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Original Post was last edited: 9th May 2018 6:48pm
BlackThumbed says...
Thank you both for your replies! I'm so sorry I didn't respond earlier - it got lost in my emails!

I wasn't able to order in time but with your insightful reviews in mind I will definitely use them (yalca) for my 'monet garden'. (lol)

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