Can Blenheim apricots be grown in Cache Valley? If so, what problems might I expect?



Blenheim apricot is popular in California, but it should be cold hardy in Utah, at least along the Wasatch Front.  However, it has not been bread to have a delayed bloom.  Late frosts are common in Northern Utah, and you may not get much fruit production out of it.  I would recomend growing varieties such as Moorpark, Moongold, Sun-Glow, or Chinese (Mormon).  Out of these, Moorpark has the best reputation for good flavor, but it is a poor canner.  Moongold is good for canning or eating.  Chinese is supposed to be the most cold hardy.  Its fruit is good but is somewhat smaller than the other two varieties.

Posted on 27 Mar 2009

Taun Beddes
Horticulture Agent, Cache County

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