They produce beautiful flowers and delicious fruit. Whether you have one as a centerpiece in your landscape or an entire orchard, apricot trees are a real asset. Unfortunately, they’re also very prone to disease and pest infestations. If you want a healthy apricot tree, it’s essential to stay ahead of the game, and that means keeping up a rigorous spraying schedule. Keep reading to learn more about spraying apricot trees for pests.
Spraying Apricot Trees for Pests
Do you need to spray apricot trees? Basically, yes. Pest infestations can devastate a tree or an entire orchard, and the best way to fight against it is to nip it in the bud. When do you spray apricot trees? A few times a year, starting in the winter. Before the buds on your tree have started to swell, spray it with dormant oil. This will kill off any overwintering eggs before they get a chance to hatch and wreak havoc. Pests that overwinter include:
When Do You Spray Apricot Trees for Disease?
Spraying apricot trees for pests doesn’t stop with the coming of spring. Right at the time of bud break, spray with a fixed copper fungicide to kill off brown rot and shot hole fungi. You may need to use an active apricot fruit tree spray during the growing season if you see any pests or fungus. If you spray again during the growing season, do so after the blossoms have dropped-- you don’t want to harm bees and other beneficial insects while they’re pollinating. Also, before spraying, look into your local pest situation, as you don’t want to spray for something you may not have in your area. ALWAYS read the instructions on your label before spraying. Follow the label’s instructions, and never mix two different sprays unless both labels tell you it’s safe.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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