Time to pick Apricots?

RG100July 6, 2010


I want to know if this is the right time to pick apricots from my Tree? I see a few apricots lying around the garden and some are turning yellow - others look half eaten/diseased.

I dont want to lose the entire crop to birds and squirrels so I someone can let me know if I can pick them off the tree and ripen them indoors now or wait for a few more weeks?

I live in zone 5 Canada.

Thanks for your help.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

You can pick them once they are fully colored and ripen them inside. The best time to pick for maximum quality is after they soften. But that can lead to heavy losses. If you think they won't be soft ripe on the tree for a few weeks, this is too early. About one week before soft ripe is OK. More than that and quality may suffer.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 1:51PM
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Well, I know the point of homegrown produce is to have things that are better tasting than at the grocery store, but by and large IMO commercially picked apricots are at the the right stage when put into cold storage.

I try to pick my homegrown ones when they look like the ones coming out of cold storage at the grocery stores -- still firm and with greenish cast but overall orange. They need to ripen further inside. But, if I leave them on the tree any longer I will lose them unless it's a rare, bumper crop. Picked at this stage they develop great flavor and generally get really sweet when fully ripe.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 2:57PM
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Thanks for your comments....they are still green and smallish - my only worry is that I wont get any as a number of them have devloped blemishes and some have been falling. Do you think mid July is a good time for this?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 4:04PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

There isn't much you can do but wait, if you pick them now they will be worthless. Dennis gives about as early as they can be picked. I prefer to leave mine on until they are a bit soft on the tree, then they will develop the maximum flavor. Tonight I picked some Puget Gold and Afghanistan, yum!


    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 9:06PM
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Pick them when they are ready, otherwise they just don't taste as good and you might as well purchase them from a supermarket and not grow your own. I am picking gold kist and blenheim right now.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 1:26AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I picked several hunza today... They were great... I could have let them hang longer, but who knows about the birds/squirrels.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 11:31AM
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Mine just turned Orange but they are small. I do see a couple on the ground and I do have birds. Should I wait til the get bigger?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2011 at 12:22PM
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