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Re: [nafex] northern apricots

Del, other possible cultivars are Manchu, Sungold, Mantoy, Robust, 
Westcot, Mordem 601 or Morden 604, depending on how old the trees are 
and which northern nursery the planter had access to.

It also seems possible, since they are both bearing fruit, that the 
large and small trees may have crosspollinated.

Will try to find my source for stratifying apricot and cherry 
seeds.--Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.

>A couple weeks ago a friend in the town of Bemidji (25 mi from us) said he
>was picking apricots. Apricots! I came running, ate my fill of delicious
>cots on the small university campus on a main thoroughfair. This town is in
>on the northern end of zone 3. The trees were not protected by buildings. By
>the rotting fruit and seeds on the ground I'd estimate it put out at least
>bushel of fruit. One delivery fellow stopped to say "You're late, Ive been
>enjoying these great peaches for a couple weeks!" Apricots rotting along a
>main sidewalk in northern Minnesota, some things will never make sense
>I've corresponded with Bob Purvis about it, and his conclusion so far is
>it's Moongold, with a slight possibility of Scout. This tree is 6 to 8" at
>the base. Next to it is a much smaller apricot (2-3" base) which still has
>not ripened.
>I called the grounds keeper and he had no way of knowing the variety or
>planting date. I asked a friend with a digital camera to go take pics, I
>loaded them onto the nafex yahoo site (4 pics listed as northern
>apricot).Unfortunately, too late for pics of the large trees fruit.
>Years back I corresponded with Gary Stedmiller in Bizmark S.D.about
>apricots, does anyone have a fresh e-mail address for him?
>I've gathered a bag of seeds. Be happy to share them. The presumption is
>that this is a selfruitful tree with no other pollinizers around, and will
>come true to form. I've had such poor success grafting apricots onto my
>manchurian stock, I have hopes of just starting from seed.
>Has anyone raised cots from seed? Thoughts on stratifying?
>Will be checkng on the small tree again shortly. Del
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