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Apricot - Moorpark (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 3124 days 14hrs

Comments: - Love the taste of fresh apricots!  Love the heart shaped leaves of the tree.  Love that it is not fussy.  Love that it is growing so well and bearing so much fruit this year.

Fruiting Months January

Planted: 2008

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic lifter, Complete Fruit tree fertiliser

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control: None.  Almost daily inspection to prevent problems

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

I haven't pruned it yet and have been surprised by the amazing spring growth.  But now the branches are bending down under the weight of scores of fruit. Being greedy, I thought I'd let it drop the excess fruit at its own discretion, but only a few have fallen.  I will have to support the branches somehow for the next couple of months.  Then I want to do a summer prune as I've heard winter pruning encourages fungal diseases.  (Which is why I didn't prune it earlier)

Last year it had about thirty fruit, six months after planting, but this year it's loaded with them!

My question is:   Should I thin out the fruit which is dotted along the whole length of the branches and causing them to hang horizontally?   Then, when I summer-prune, how hard should I be? 


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