Apricots have always been considered one of the favorite fruits of adults and children. Ripe flesh is very tasty, as in fresh use, and as a jam, jams, juices and compotes.
In addition to taste, this fruit pleases us with useful substances – it’s vitamins (A, C, P), and iron, and calcium, and organic acids and many other necessary microelements. Very useful for toddlers and pregnant women. Well restores strength after surgery, perfectly supports the heart and liver.
Until recently, it was believed that in the central part of Russia this miracle tree does not take root, however, the breeders brought out so many varieties that it is already possible to choose apricot, not only because of its frost-resistance, but also on the basis of palatability, fruit size, etc.
Characteristics of Pineapple
Apricot tree of this variety does not differ in particular height and spreading. This can be considered a plus, as growing it on your site, you can not worry too much that the shadow from the crown will take a lot of light.
And the crown itself is not famous for its thick, uneven foliage. It has a rounded shape, which gives the whole plant a very pleasant, organic appearance.
At the same time, the Pineapple variety is one of the most productive. Under favorable conditions, up to 150 kg of fruit are removed from it.
The apricots themselves are of medium size and large, weigh from 40-50 gr. Color of fruits is orange, the shape is round, slightly elongated and compressed at the sides.
On the taste is worth mentioning separately.
Very many varieties grown in areas where most of the year are cold, do not differ in sugar content and aroma. Yes, and they are not given in size. That is, the southern fruit is easily different from its counterparts from cool areas. But Pineapple Apricot is not easy to distinguish. He has the appearance, the same as the southern, and even his taste qualities are amazing.
Flesh is not dense, very tasty, bone is easily separated from the bulk. It has an amazing, delicate aroma.
This variety can be well transported – it does not suffer from this.
But the fruit is stored not too long, a little more than 1 – 2 weeks.
A big plus is also the self-fertility of the Pineapple variety. That is, even on a small plot you can plant one tree, and it will successfully bear fruit, pollinators do not need it.
Because of its frost resistance, this variety has become more widespread in the central part of Russia. Even when it freezes, then with the arrival of heat it is easily restored.
True, it is worth noting that before some diseases this tree can not resist. However, this minus can be easily eliminated, giving the tree a proper, timely care.
Necessary care for apricots
After planting (which passes, as with apricots and other varieties), the tree needs a stable care.
The primary goal of the gardener is the prevention of plant diseases and protection from harmful insects.
In order to prevent pests from multiplying, it is necessary to rid the plant of unhealthy branches and leaves and burn them. It is there that uninvited guests like to settle and winter.
Fallen and rotting fruits, as well, should be removed from the tree. And you need to dig in away from the plants.
In addition to cleansing pests, the tree must be regularly supplied with water. Particularly need apricot in watering during the flowering period, at the time when young shoots are formed, and also, two weeks before the ripening of the fruit.
Every gardener knows how important the plant is to fertile soil. However, being in one place, the tree very quickly takes what it needs from the ground, so fertilizers must be introduced into the soil.
In order that even the frost-hardened variety is not affected by severe cold, the tree is covered – the young seedlings are wrapped with cover material, and in adult trees, snow-covered trunks are covered with snow, and the trunk is wrapped with burlap.
Variety of apricot “Pineapple”