How to grow Apricots is no rocket science. It really is quite simple, once you get the hang of it. When growing your own fruit, you have to learn how to do all the different things that would be required for success, from planting to harvest. If you can master these fundamentals, you will have a vibrant and long lasting collection of gorgeous, tiny, delicious and healthy cherries on hand. Read on to learn how to grow them from seed.
First remove the Seed from the Seed Pod. Cut the seed in half and place a sharp knife in the middle. Do this on both ends, pulling each half away from the actual seed pod. Rinse it in cold, clean water before setting it aside to dry.
Set aside the prepared germinating mixture. In a glass pot or a food storage bowl, mix together 2 cups of sterilized water, one tablespoon of sugar, and two cups of loosely packed brown rice. When the mixture is fully prepared, add one tablespoon of sea salt and mix it into the water. Now it is ready for the ‘soaking’.
Make sure the seeds are completely tested and have not been submerged for any length of time before trying to germinate them. You do not want them saturated with water and neither do they need it. It’s important that when you’re dealing with seeds and especially new plants, they’re placed in water and kept hot. This helps them begin to grow at an accelerated rate. Heat helps seeds germinate faster because they begin to grow nutrient-rich fluids.
Water your seed for at least a week prior to transplanting them into their final location. During this time, it’s a good idea to place a few pieces of newspaper under the seed so they don’t rot. Place the pot in a dark spot. You can also use a vegetable basket. When the plant starts to grow, it will create its own humidity. The water in the basket will help to maintain a humid environment.
Cut off any green growth around the edges. Cut the flower buds near the base about a quarter inch below the surface level. Pluck any white skin on the stem below about three times the normal density. These will turn into seed and the plant will not be able to take in enough water to continue growing. It’s best to keep them indoors when temperatures rise.
Put the remaining apricots into a large glass pot or Tupperware container. Add some well water-soaked compost to the bottom so the soil is well supported. Make sure the pieces are well covered with the compost before placing them in the pot. Start adding the pieces a little at a time and press down gently on the soil to compact it. Water your plants well when you plant them.
When you have decided how to grow apricot from seed, you’ll be ready for the fun part. Plant them in the containers and enjoy watching them grow. The beautiful flowers will quickly add color to your garden. The best thing about growing this hardy little fruit is that you’ll never have to buy a box of them.
Apricots are drought tolerant and are great for growing inside the home. They can handle drought better than most other fruits and vegetables. Since they are so resilient, you can place them outside during the hot summer months and just keep them cool in the back of your refrigerator. When fall comes around and your storage room is getting cold, plant these seeds in a container and store them in a warm location.
If you are a beginner in gardening, you might consider getting some training in how to grow apricot from seed. It’s easy to do, requires very little upkeep, and is extremely rewarding when the harvest comes in. If you’re serious about growing this hardy fruit, you should invest in some good books and videos on how to do it properly. There are some great books out there by award winning gardeners that can help an aspiring grower get all of the information they need. And if you’re willing to take the time to learn, and to not give up, you can have small, beautiful bushes in no time.
The most difficult part of learning how to grow this fruit isn’t finding the seeds. It’s getting the soil and the plants ready in the first place. It’s a slow process but once you have everything in place, it can be a very rewarding experience. You’ll find that every time you take a cutting from the plant it’s better than the time you spent planting it. Once you have a successful crop to show for your efforts, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.