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Goldcot Apricot Tree

Apricot Trees

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A frost resistant apricot with yellow / orange juicy fruits, Goldcot is a popular choice. This variety of apricot tree has been chosen for its suitability to cold wet UK climates. Ideal for eating fresh and bottling this apricot tree will produce heavy crops in August. Disease resistant and hardy.  Regular crops. No pollination partner is required.

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Variety Root Type Age/Size Rootstock Price Qty Basket
Goldcot Apricot Tree Goldcot Apricot Tree
7L pot 2 year old / 120-150cm St. Julien A (semi-vigorous) £37.99 (VAT Free) New batch ready Summer 2017
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver. All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge. Although it is rarely a problem, we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 large trees: £19.95 + vat

Orders containing mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees are calculated in the checkout process.  These costs vary by postcode, but you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost and so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Non Mainland UK and Overseas Destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting advice for Goldcot Apricot Trees

Planting density

Apricot trees should be spaced at approx. 3m between trees.

Preparing the site

When planting apricot trees, such as the Goldcot variety, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown apricot trees can be planted at any time of the year. Bare root apricot trees need to be planted between November and March. If you are not planting your bare root apricot tree straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your tree. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in, gently firming around. If you’re planting within a couple of days, you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed.

Whether planting a pot grown or bare root apricot tree, you will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 3x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees or prepare and apply the gel mixture for bare root trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost (avoid multi-purpose), fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.

We recommend planting fruit trees using a stake and tie kit. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Watering

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young fruit tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down just a few centimetres into the soil and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Once you see the fruit begin to swell, water again. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.

We strongly advise using a rabbit guard to protect your young tree as just one peckish rabbit or hungry deer can chew around the trunk, killing your tree before it has a chance to establish.

Pruning advice for Goldcot Apricot Trees

Unlike some of our other fruit tree varieties, apricot trees should not be pruned whilst dormant. The best time to prune your apricot tree is after the coldest part of the winter has passed but before they start to flower. February is normally a safe time, depending on how severe the winter has been. Apricot trees require quite hard pruning and should look a little gappy but will soon improve once the flowers come to life in early spring. Apricot trees fruit on 1 year old wood so the pruning technique for these trees is sometimes referred to as ‘replacement’ i.e. replacing old wood with new wood.

When pruning your apricot tree, you should aim to have between 3-5 main branches, forming an open, vase-shape. Remove any old shoots (grey in colour) as they will not produce fruit. Also remove any damaged, dead or diseased branches. Make sure the centre of the tree is open, allowing air and sunlight to reach inside. The branches that are one year old will be pinky red in colour and should be trimmed back to approximately 45cm in length.

Goldcot Apricot Tree (Apricot Trees) Description

  • Use: Dual purpose, Cooking and Eating
  • Cropping period: Early season (Early August)
  • Flavour: Sweet
  • Heritage: USA
  • Pollination group: B Self Fertile
  • Height in 10 years*: St Julien A 4-5m

*This is an indication of the un-pruned height of this variety in 10 years. Variations will occur when different factors are introduced such as planting position, pruning, geography etc.