Robada apricot chill hours

john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)January 10, 2013

I have seen lots of talk abought robada apricots sounds real good.But i can't find the chill hours.I live in a low chill hour area.I don't like planting anything that needs more than 400 chill hours.If any one knows the chill hours for Robada apricot i sure would apreshate to know.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

john:

I haven't seen anything listed for Robada but would guess it's more like 700 hrs. I did just find Tomcot listed as 500 or less and it has been proven over a much larger area than Robada.

Other low chill choices are Blenheim, Floragold, Goldkist, Lorna, and Tropic Gold. I've seen Blenheim growing and producing near Uvalde, TX.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 10:26AM
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john222-gg(Mississippi 8a/8b)

Fruitnut
thanks I was scared it was to high for me.I will have to put in some of the others.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2013 at 4:40PM
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ronke47(SoCal)

I live 2 miles from the ocean in Sunset zone 24, often get 0 chill hours and planted Robada two years ago with the same apprehension as you. To my astonishment, it bore well after only eighteen months in the ground while the chill-hour appropriate Katy just sat there. And I have never been able to get Blenheim to grow at all while my Gold Kist is erratic, sometimes fantastic and sometimes bearing almost nothing. It remains to be seen how the Robada will do this year (which has had a lot more chill than usual) but so far it is my most productive low-chill apricot.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:29AM
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surfmom

Looking for apricot for Sunset zone 22, so far haven't had much luck with Tropic Gold & Flora Gold (erratic)...they got tons of blossoms this year but then the wind and rain came and most fell off. Seems to be the general theme. Wondering how Robada for ronke47 is doing?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 4:58PM
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econ0003(10a CA / 8b CA)

Blenheim seems to reliable in my neighborhood where we average about 300 chill hours. My neighbor had a 15 year old tree that produced reliably until it died last year.

I have a tree that has been in the ground for two years. Had about 10 or 15 fruit in the first year. This year it has about 20 or 30. A pattern I usually see on my trees that are decent producers by the third or fourth year.

I haven't had much luck with goldkist, cot-n-candy, and flavor delight so far. Just a few fruit from each tree if I am lucky.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 5:41PM
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