Apricots are one of the most loved summer fruits: thanks to their sweetness and ease of consumption they are truly loved by everyone. They are used as fresh, in syrup or for the production of juices and compotes. Anyone who owns even a small plot would like to grow at least one tree. The cultivation is not the simplest, especially for those who live in the North or in the foothills. To obtain good harvests with a certain continuity, it is important to carefully choose the variety and prepare the soil scrupulously (avoiding water stagnation) to avoid incurring in the many typical pathologies.
Apricot has been cultivated for thousands of years in its places of origin, especially in Central Asia: it arrived in Europe about 2000 years ago thanks to the Romans and quickly became common throughout the Mediterranean area, where it found the ideal conditions for growth and fruiting: short and not too harsh winters alternating with hot and quite dry summers.
Even today the best results are achieved in the milder regions, but elsewhere it is possible to obtain good satisfactions thanks to the variety selection. If we live in the northern regions we can focus on late flowering and fruiting cultivars (July-August): we will thus avoid the damage deriving from frosts and heavy spring rains, a real scourge for the apricot.