BOTANICAL NAME: Prunus armeniaca
TYPE AND USE: Deciduous shrub or small tree with edible flower petals
PLANTING DATES: Fall to spring
PLANTING METHOD: Container transplant
HARVEST TIME: Summer - if you are lucky. Ripe when fully colored and slightly soft. Pick the flower petals while in bloom for use in salads and garnishes. Use petals only, not entire flowers.
HEIGHT: 15-20 feet
SPREAD: 15-20 feet
FINAL SPACING: 20-25 feet
GROWTH HABITS: Small tree, white to light-pink spring flowers, and delicious summer fruit. It’s an easy-to-grow tree, but the fruit production is another matter. The early blooming habit often causes a loss of fruit because of late freezes.
CULTURE: Normal maintenance program using the basic organic program and spraying Garrett Juice with additives of baking soda and garlic.
TROUBLES AND SOLUTIONS: Brown rot, cotton root rot, plum curculio, birds, and squirrels
HARVEST AND STORAGE: Harvest as soon as fruit is ripe and before the squirrels and birds beat you to it. Eat soon or store in a cool, dry place. 32-40°. Will keep about 2 weeks.
NOTES: Beautiful little tree for the landscape but not a good high production fruit tree for the orchard.
VARIETIES: Decent varieties for Texas are Bryan, Blenheim, Hungarian, and Moorepark. Manchurian may be the best choice; Mongolian is the worst.