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Apricot 'Charisma'

Prunus armeniaca 'Charisma'

Also known as

Apricot, Appelkoos (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

7m

Max

5m

2m

Min

3m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Charisma apricots flower towards the end of winter and ripen during the last weeks of Spring. The fruit has a good shelf life.

Apricot 'Charisma' Overview

This variety of self-pollinating apricots must be grown in Mediterranean​ areas that receive wet winters and warm summers. The fruit is reasonably sweet and juicy with a soft melting texture. The Charisma apricot has a yellow to orange skin with a red blush.

Common problems with Apricot 'Charisma'

The main pests that affect this species are spider mites, mealy bugs, aphids and scale. All these pests can be removed by blasting warm soapy water at affected areas. Ensure the soil is well draining or fungal diseases may occur. This fruiting tree only favours the Mediterranean areas.

How to propagate Apricot 'Charisma'

Cuttings

Take semi-hardwood cuttings in the growing season. Plant in a good draining soil and keep moist until fully rooted. Commercially apricots are budded on a rootstock.

Seed

Seeds can be sown at a depth of 1.5 cm in 15 cm pots. Germination takes 2 to 4 months. As they require a cold stratification period of at least 2-3 months to germinate. seeds do not grow true to type!

Special features of Apricot 'Charisma'

Attracts useful insects

It attracts bees.

Other uses of Apricot 'Charisma'

Culinary

culinary

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