Prunus 'Tomcot' | Apricot Tree
‘Tomcot’ is a slender, heavy cropping, self-fertile apricot variety. Producing a beautiful pink blossom in spring and red-flushed, orange fruit in late summer this tree will bring colour and vitality to your garden through the seasons. The tree will flourish if given plenty of sun, and kept in a sheltered position, especially if given protection from frost over the colder months.
Q:Does Height Really Matter?
A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!
- Flower Colour: White, flushed pink
- Foliage Colour: Green
- Approx. Growth Height: 3-4m
- Approx. Growth Spread: 2-3m
- Rootstock: Myrobalan - Semi-Dwarfing
- Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
- Tree is approx 1 year old with a 2 year old rootstock
- Flowering Period: Spring (April - May)
- Harvesting Period: August
- Season of Use: August - September
- Growing Habit: Bush, cordon, espalier, fan
- Uses: Eating fresh, cooking, jams
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Exposure: Sheltered
- Self pollinating: Yes - (see 'Pollination' section below)
- Rate of Growth: 5-10 years
- Scented: Barely
- Wildlife friendly - Attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- The fruit variety
- Soil type
- Planting position
Some varieties are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For example, a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Cox’s Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of your plant, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.
Your plant’s soil and planting location will also affect its resulting size. Most need a good amount of sunshine to grow well (and also for their fruit to ripen with a high sugar content). Trees growing in cold, open spots will grow slower than those that are protected and warm. The same is true for soil, with those growing in light sandy soils often growing more slowly, while those planted in rich, fertile soils being more vigorous.
- Pollination Group: Self pollinating
The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another apple tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).
We have developed an eco friendly polypot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This polypot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling, encouraging a healthier root system.
All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.
Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
- Light Requirements: Full sun
- Soil Requirements: Neutral, clay, loam, sand
- Moisture: Moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
- Planting Distance: 3m with 4.5m between rows
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.
Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems. This tree will do best if trained against a south-facing wall.
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