Pictures of apricot, nectarine, and pluot seedlings

These are last yrs seeds from my greenhouse. No bees last yr so hand pollination only and that only for pluot and apricot. Mostly would have been same species pollen used for each.

Possibly not surprising then that all of each species look the same. Leaf length/width ratio increases from apricot to pluot to nectarine just like it does on mature trees of my named varieties.

Orangered apricot:

Flavor Treat pluot:

Honey Diva nectarine:



Are you going to try to graft these seedlings to the mature stocks for faster fruiting or let them grow into trees or use them as rootstocks. They looked good.



I may try grafting onto K1 for faster fruiting, say about 4 of each just to see what kind of fruit they produce. I’m more interested in the pluots because I think the fruits might vary more and I’m more inclined to think they’d be hybrids of two varieties. Then again I may wait until next yrs seedlings because I had bees this yr and should have more hybrids even cross species.

This yr I had nectarine, pluot, and apricot all blooming together for about a month. Bees had access to and were working all of these great varieties. So if natural interspecfic hybrids occur I should have them in this summers fruits. At a minimum I’ll plant them out next winter and at least see what they look like. If an apricot seed puts out long skinny leaves it’s probably a hybrid with another species.

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Very nice, fruitnut. Tell me, what are you using for your potting medium?

That’s rat bedding and a potting mix I bought on sale. Not much help I know.

Or, instead of waiting until next year to see if you got a hybrid, you could stratify the seeds for about two months and then, you will see the results this year.

This month, I hand pollinated my flavor top nectarine and F1 nonpareil almond with F1 moorpar apricot pollen; and thus far, the almonds are starting to swell. I will be stratifying the seeds this year to see if I got any hybrid.

Last year I stratified a couple of of open pollinated Santa Rosa, burgundy, and Satsuma plum seeds, and one of each variety produced a red-leaf seedling. I suspect that my neighbor’s krauter Vesuvius myrobalan plum is the pollen parent.

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Here are my red leaf seedlings.

Are these landscaping trees or for fruit growing?

I am considering hand pollinating a few pears this spring for seedlings. How do you keep insects from coming along behind you and messing up your hand pollination?

Bagging the flowers is one method. Removing all the flower parts other than essential female parts will make the flower less attractive to pollinators.

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Here’s a photo of some of mine.Raspberry Red Nectarine and what looks like Apricot,which I think the squirrels took most of the seeds from.The second photo is a plant from one of your seeds,fruitnut,a Flavor Treat,sent a couple of years ago.
So,as far as I understand,if and when these fruit,they could be,for example,from the Flavor Treat,a Plum that may not have existed before or one that is already here.Is that how it works? Brady


Nice job with the Flavor Treat seedling, Brady. What a great shape already.

Thanks Patty,this is the best one that came out of those seeds so far. Brady


The Flavor Treat seedling is most likely a cross between two pluot. That would be another pluot, mostly plum with a little apricot.

True, fruitnut. So Brady, what other pluots do you have nearby that might be the suspect pollen parent? You’ll have a new hybrid. How fun!

I don’t know if we are on the same tract. But Brady’s tree is from my fruit pollinated in my greenhouse. Don’t believe it’s flowered yet for him.

Oh! Thought Brady had grown the fruit. I see. I’m the one not tracking, fruitnut. So, if it was from your greenhouse, it could be any number of possible pollen parents :smiley:

Yes,that’s exactly right fruitnut.
Patty,fruitnut made available,a couple years ago,seeds to whoever wanted them and out of those(some were other Pluots)only the Flavor Treat seeds grew for me. Brady

How fun, Brady! I will be very interested to see what fruit you end up with. Be sure to keep reporting on your nice little hybrid pluot tree.