Sugar Pearls Apricot - Self Fertile?


#1

This year I was able to validate that Sugar Pearl’s apricot does indeed seem to need a pollinator. I lost my Canadian White Blenheim last year after it bloomed and leafed out for a while. With no pollinator Sugar Pearls (always a heavy setter) managed to set only two fruits - I’m really not sure how it managed to do that since all my other trees are peaches.


#2

Hi, would you recommend growing the Sugar Pearl apricot? how would you review/rate the fruit? gurney’s describes it as “honey flavor” makes it so temping to purchase. I have a Tilton that has been in the ground for 5 years with a total of 3 apricots harvested here in Spokane so I am hoping for something to that would produce and taste good for our area, I ordered a Canadian White Blenheim Apricot and was looking at these Sugar Pearls.

Thank you.


#3

I have many varieties of apricots and production is almost never a problem. If anything, I have to do a lot of thinning. Tilton in particular is a tremendous producer for me. Add multiple varieties (more trees if the space allows it or graft onto the existing tree), and your apricot tree(s) will produce much better.


#4

Thanks I am trying to add more variety and space was to not be a problem until you get over 200 trees in one year then few acres starts to get crowded, I think it might be a late frost issue or some thing but the fruit sets and then mostly all falls off at pea size. I am now trying to plant more late blooming stuff because a 2 year old moorpark bloomed and late frost hit killing the tree. Learning grafting this year also.


#5

Check Bob Purvis’ lists and descriptions, his climate is probably not too different from yours, and he grows a lot of apricots. https://purvisnurseryandorchard.weebly.com/


#6

Hey Paul! Nice to hear from someone here in the Spokane Valley. A stone fruit enthusiast to boot. Welcome!
Stan gave you some great advice with Purvis. The descriptions are excellent and he sells scions for grafting (I bought a bunch of them for this Spring).
Here is another great link from @scottfsmith on this forum:
https://growingfruit.org/t/scotts-stone-fruits-variety-experiences-2005-2015/365
He has experience with a lot of white apricots.
As for me, my wife bought this tree from Gurneys. I planted a Hunza for cross pollination. It turns out that we both enjoyed Sugar Pearls and neither of us really cared for Hunza. I pulled the Hunza out and replaced it with a Canadian White Blenheim. Unfortunately, after a year or two the Canadian White Blenheim died and I never got to try a fruit. I replanted last year and I hope it grows well next year.
From what I have been able to read, it sounds like there may be tastier white apricots than Sugar Pearl’s, but I don’t have any first hand experience.
I really like them and the tree sets very heavily for me. I like them so much, I planted the Canadian White Blenheim and I am attempting to graft Afganistan so I can try additional whites. I am also planning on grafting Orangered because everyone raves about it.
Sure hope this information helps you a lot!
Kevin


#7

Thanks lots of great info and scion, great site. This is the year I will be learning grafting, grafted 8 pluots last year for first try and 4 took, I was so surprised I bought some real tape and bands with wax to do a bunch this year :slight_smile:


#8

Yes it does help me out Thank You, I went ahead and ordered the sugar pearl from Gurneys, I found out about acn nurseries recently from this site but they are all sold out of orangered trees so maybe next year. I did read @scottfsmith variety experience and wow what a read, he needs to write a book soon with all his growing experience. I am just beginning to learn about all this so lots of trial and error, trying all the pluots I can find to see if any do good here.


#9

I can’t wait to see how your pluots do. I am going to give them a try this year as well. The plan is to graft them on to the various peach trees that I have. We’ll see how it goes. Trying Flavor Supreme, Geo Pride, Dapple Dandy, and Flavor King.