Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Follow-up on Purvis Nursery post

Harglow Apricot
From an email Mr Purvis was gracious enough to send me:

For apricot cultivars that impress me but also have a wide range of adaptability, I would name Hargrand, Harglow, and Harval for their disease resistance, good flavor, and adaptability.

Two New Jersey apricots are worth noting: Ilona (released in 2015 by Rutgers University, good disease resistance, self-fruitful, large flavorful fruits that ripen fairly early) and Sugar Pearls, a mid-season white apricot, later blooming, fully hardy at -20F and possibly even to -35F in Wisconsin, very sweet, dries well, but requires cross pollination with another later-blooming apricot.

Alfred, Jerseycot, and Tomcot have also been widely adaptable.  They all are later-blooming and have superior resistance to spring frosts.  Jerseycot was a very good apricot for me in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN.   In New Jersey, Jerseycot had crops 20 years of 22 and a light crop the other two years.  That's very impressive for a location marked by disease, wintertime thaws, and spring freezes.

Tomcot has done well in Washington, D.C. as well as Las Vegas although it was initially from Washington State.
Brookcot. Photo credit Gilby's Orchard

For people living in Alaska's banana belt, I recommend Westcot or Brookcot, both from the Prairie Provinces of Canada.

For people in the deep-South, if chilling hours are not a consideration, probably Jerseycot or Alfred.

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