One of my favorite fruits is the Katy Apricot tree. I just love this fruit though it blooms only one crop per year. Many will have their favorite apricot varieties but I find the Katy Apricot to be one of the best when ripe and they are jumbo in size as well. While many apricot varieties are small and vary greatly in taste, I found the Katy to be quite sweet. So do the squirrels and some other pests as well.
The best time to begin feeding this tree is about mid February. I recommend the one in all Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer sold at most nurseries. It seems to bring out the best in most of my fruiting plants and gets me the most apricots per growing season.
What is key here is timing. I use Black and Decker’s cultivator to get in close and mix the fertilizer with the soil, usually about 6 inches from the base of the trunk of the tree. This ensures that the fertilizer will be delivered to the roots. I also use work castings at the base on the soil as many insects do not like the site of this, plus it is also good for enriching the soil as well.
and the worm castings too…
Then there are the pests. One of the main pests of the apricot and apple and pear trees is the coddling moth. They vary per season per locale so if you set traps and find moths, then it is safe to assume you probably have them. Late February is about the latest you can spray a Katy tree as the flower blooms might already be going. If that is the case, I suggest coddling moth traps as it will be too late to spray the over-winter “Volcks Tree Oil” spray.
There are a variety of traps out there, but they can help prevent wormy apricots. Other culprits are squirrels. I just hate these little bastards and their buck teeth. There is nothing cute about the rape of my fruit orchard, and like a John McChipmunk raping the country of freedoms, these bucky-toothed little bastards wreak havoc.
Luckily there is a product that stops them in their little tracks. It means a spray a week. I apply mine on the trunk of the tree and maybe a main branch or nearby wall or fence. That usually keeps all of the animals away. It is called “Repels All” and works quite well thank you. This can be found in most nurseries as well as select box stores too.
So finally, hopefully this all helps for a great season and if you are looking for one of the better tasting apricots and trees, though it only blooms once a year from January through late May for harvest, the Katy Apricot may well be an excellent choice for those wanting taste quality.