Choosing Apricot Varieties for Patio Containers

A warm, sunny, sheltered patio is the perfect site for apricots. Grow these varieties as a bush, or if you’re tight for space, fan-train the tree on a framework of poles against a south- or west-facing wall or fence.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Apricots Need Heat to Ripen

Apricots are hardy, but because they flower early, the blossoms and young buds are vulnerable to spring frosts. Lose them and you won't get any fruit. If the temperature dips, be sure to cover them.

Ripe Alfred Apricots: Blushed Orange Skins

A warm, sunny, sheltered patio is the perfect site for growing succulent apricots. The 'Alfred' variety is self-pollinating and is disease-resistant.

Boyoto Apricot: Fruit with Big Flavor

The flavorcot or 'Boyoto' is a Canadian-bred variety that is a very heavy cropper. It produces large, orange-red fruits with a firm texture and intense flavor.

Early Cropping Tomcot: Ripen in Midsummer

The tomcot apricot has red-flushed fruits, which look pretty on the tree. It is self-pollinating and a heavy cropper.