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Death of an apricot

Death of an apricot

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Question: what killed my apricot?

I have an apricot tree about 2 years old. the first year was fine, with its beautiful leaves in good health.
this year he had put beautiful leaves, beautiful flowers and many small fruits. there was the famous snowfall at the end of winter and of course the small fruits and leaves dried up. but even the whole plant has dried up. Can you explain me how it could have happened?

Death of an apricot tree: Answer: apricot trees in winter

Dear Simonetta,
apricot trees have been cultivated for millennia throughout the Mediterranean area; such trees, when they are of mature age, generally do not fear the cold and the frost, also because during the winter they are still in complete vegetative rest. Winter 2011-2012 was decidedly special, with temperatures of many degrees below zero; in addition to this, the cold unfortunately arrived at the end of winter, when many plants had already begun the vegetative restart. So, in many areas of Italy, many plants have died due to the cold, even plants that traditionally do not suffer particularly from frost. Unfortunately, your tree also had the "defect" of being still young: adult trees often endure inclement weather and temperatures much higher or lower than normal, while a small tree is still defenseless; if your tree had not yet been able to produce a large root system, and if it was already in full vegetative growth when the last frosts arrived, well, then it was killed by the cold. It may also be that the plant died of other causes, favored and stimulated by the cold; for example, excess watering, or water stagnation in the soil, may have killed a plant that had already been ruined by the cold.
If it is true that, an adult apricot, it can easily withstand the summer heat, and the winter cold, often without the need for any care; unfortunately, however, when it comes to a young tree, we will have to water it when the climate is dry, and cover it when the cold is excessively intense. Sometimes even a simple cloth of non-woven fabric is enough to cover the whole plain; in the nursery you will also find comfortable hoods, to keep at home, in the event that the climate similar to the previous one also occurs in the coming winter. It is not necessary to cover the plants in the garden if the temperatures are around -10 ° C in January; but if in March we find ourselves with enlarged buds, a few small flowers already in bloom, and the thermometer marks -12 ° C, then we run to cover the youngest and smallest seedlings.