Fireball™ Apricot (full size tree)

Available from retail stockists
Partially self-pollinating

Only available from retail stockists

Fireball™ Apricot is partially self-pollinating, however will benefit from pollination by Spring Satin™ Plumcot or Dwarf Spring Satin™ Plumcot or another variety which flowers at the same time.

Fireball Apricot is a tried and tested apricot variety that has been available in Australia for many years, and has been selected for its exceptional eating quality. Available as a full sized tree from retail garden centres and hard ware stores – Fireball Apricot suits backyards and home orchards around Australia!

Suitability
Not recommended for coastal Queensland northern New South Wales as winters are not cold enough to produce fruit.
Map of suitable areas for growing.
Tree height
4.0m
Tree width
3.0m
Skin colour
Smooth and deep orange
Flesh
Firm and orange
Fruit shape
Round
Fruit size
Medium
Flavour
Sweet and juicy
Harvest time
November to December
Fruit uses
Eating fresh, stewing, jams, cooking, preserving and dried apricots
Comments
Prolific bearer and not prone to fruit cracking

Description

Plant care information

Site Selection – Plant in full sun. In hot climates, consider a protected space where the tree receives afternoon shade or is protected from strong winds to reduce fruit scalding and dropping. Your space should have free draining soil to avoid fungal issues. If it doesn’t, consider planting in a pot, raised garden bed, or a mound.

Planting Dig your hole at the time of planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball/pot, and one and a half deep. Backfill with a mixture of premium garden soil and good quality soil from the hole. Mulch and water in well. Note – do not use this fill in extremely clay or sandy soils. Create a mound, spend time adjusting your soil, or use a pot. See more information about this in the growing guides in our Plant Care tab.

Potting – Use a pot at least 50cms wide and deep. Use high quality premium potting mix, you may add perlite or pine bark to add structure. Mulch and water in well.

Staking – Staking may not be necessary but where utilised, use two stakes with soft, loose ties around the tree. Ensure the tree can still ‘wiggle’ in the wind to develop strong anchorage on its own. Remove the stakes when the trunk is thicker than the stake used, or in year 2.

Watering – Use the 1,2,3,4 method to establish. Water once a day for a week, then every two days for two weeks, then every three days for three weeks, and so on. Always adjust to your local weather and increase watering in hot and windy weather, decrease in cold or rainy weather.

Fertilising – Use a balanced fertiliser blend. The main fertilising period is early Spring and Autumn. To give you a general guide, PlantNet® has created a great guide for fertilising deciduous fruit trees in pots from trial work completed by PlantNet® over a 3 year period.

Pruning – Prune bareroot or dormant trees in winter back by 1/3 at time of planting. Prune in autumn (apricots) or the end of winter every following year. See the Plant Care tab linked below for more information.

Pest & Disease Control – Spray with an organic Bordeaux spray at the start of winter, and twice just before bud swell at the end of winter. This controls many diseases and overwintering pests. Many insect pests can be controlled with netting once flowers have formed fruit. For further information view our  Common Fruit Tree Pests and Diseases article.

For further information, visit our Plant Care page to view all of our growing guides, fertiliser trials, and seasonal tips!