Mmm...who can resist the taste of a freshly picked Apricot grown in your backyard? These days, people not only crave this richly rewarding flavor experience; they also want to shore up food security.
Tomcot Apricot (Prunus armeniaca 'Tomcot') is experiencing a rapid rise in popularity with home gardeners in the historically more marginal climate zones. This recommended variety offers unrivaled early fruit and is proven to be a dependable setter.
Plant with a partner to grow a large, reliable harvest of beautifully large, sweet, orange fruit. Both firm and lustrous, pretty Tomcots feature a trace of blush that develops on the side that is exposed to the sun.
With a long bloom period, this is a dependable setting variety. Tomcot is gaining traction in the home garden market because people want fruit set to occur faithfully year after year.
With sweet flesh and firm flavor, Tomcot fruit is also easy to prepare. The freestone pit that pulls away cleanly from the flesh and really helps to speed up the process.
Go ahead and enjoy your fill of fresh fruit, then slice the rest to can or freeze for summertime taste in the middle of winter. Tomcot starts off your apricot season with plenty of fruit, especially if you plant a pollination partner nearby.
Tomcot fruit tree is partly self-fruitful, and will produce larger crops if cross-pollinated by another variety. Early mid-season Tomcat Apricot will be ready for harvest, 2-3 weeks before Wenatchee Moorpark and days before Goldstrike and Goldbar.
No wonder Tomcot Apricot is gaining in popularity! Order from the fruit tree experts at Nature Hills right away if you see it in stock on our site.
Squeeze all the value you can from your investment in property. Put your sunshine and soil to work growing food for your family and friends.
Add early Tomcot Apricot with a mid-season Moorpark and late-season Autumn Glo in an orchard planting. You'll love having a long season of fresh fruit with successive harvests from your trio of trees.
Keep them as compact as you like with good high-density planting summer pruning techniques. Be sure to check out our Garden Blog and videos online to learn more about small space gardening!
Children love learning about fruit...and you'll appreciate knowing exactly how your crops were grown. You might just be surprised at how pretty a Tomcot Apricot tree is with showy spring blooms and gorgeously glossy fruit that hangs from the branches like jewels.
Edible Landscaping is a valuable garden trend that is only getting more popular. Call your Tomcot an accent tree and place where you'll see the developing harvest.
Gain beauty, food and a killer conversation starter all in one! Plant a few fruiting trees in a mulched island bed "stolen" from the front lawn.
Tomcots make excellent preserves, pies, smoothies, and fruit leather. Try them in fresh salads, and chop them to include in special salsas and sauces.
Consider selling excess fruit at farmer's markets. With firm flesh, these great-tasting apricots ship and store well.
Give them a planting site with full sun, well-drained soil and good air circulation. Apricots love all day sun, but need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.
Tomcot's blooms display some tolerance to spring frost periods. Avoid planting in low-lying hollows to maximize the chances the blooms will survive short, mild frosts.
Apply Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for "life-long" symbiotic support to the tiny feeder roots. Add a three-inch layer of mulch over the root system, and spread it out three feet past the canopy.
Provide a moderate amount of water. Create a consistent watering schedule, especially during fruit development.
In late fall, prune to sculpt your tree into a goblet-shape. Select wide-spreading lateral branches that are held 45 degree angles as a strong support for the weight of your harvest.
In years with heavy fruit set, thin the fruit early on to allow full-size development. Allow four inches between each piece of fruit.
Keep your tree smaller by tip pruning for size control. Make this an annual summer prune for high density planting.
Don't wait to order your Tomcot Apricot. We sell out of our fruiting plants extremely quickly.
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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High quality apricots can only be grown in a few growing regions in the country. Outside of those regions, only a few choices have been available.
The Tomcot Apricot was developed in the 1970's by Dr. T.K. Toyama at Washington State University in Prosser, Washington. Tomcot was selected in 1974 as a seedling of the original cross of Rival x Goldrich.
The early season variety evaluated well and matured ahead of popular varieties like Goldbar, Goldstrike, and Castlebrite. It was 18 days earlier than Wenatchee. This gave Tomcot a potential place in the commercial market.
Finally patented and introduced in 1989, Tomcot was picked up by many bare root nurseries on the West Coast and saw a limited amount of commercial interest. However, the attributes of the Tomcot shone in test plantings done around the world.
One such quality that became evident was the Tomcot's long bloom period as an early bloomer. The extended bloom period made it more likely that some fruit set would occur. Along with this was the fact that the blooms, once out during spring frost periods, seem to have some tolerance and would survive short, mild frosts.
Tomcot caught on quickly in the home garden market where the demand for a dependable setting apricot was high. The fact that the Tomcot was also partially self-fruitful added to the attraction.
Planting recommendations for the Tomcot began to appear throughout the US in the early 2000's with the success of many home growers around the country.
Today, the Tomcot, though still not a household name, is one that fruit growers around the world are familiar with. In recent years, the Tomcot has become a recommended variety in the UK, appearing on most of the popular retail nurseries lists.
The Tomcot can only continue to grow in popularity, as more become aware of this unrivaled, early season fruit. Few apricots are this early, and almost none exhibit the Tomcot's high quality, or are as adaptable to as wide a range of climate zones today.
|Botanical Name||Prunus armeniaca 'Tomcot'|
|Mature Height||15 - 25 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|