Cultivar; Ambiance - AB 359
Clone Number; AB 359
Origin; South Africa
Royalties/ Levies; ZAR 7.11 Royalty, R400/1000 trees yr 3, R800/1000 trees yr4+
Yield; not enough data
Fruit use; canning and fresh, extra- large, medium to fine textured apricots
Type; yellow-skin variety, freestone.
Shelf-life; 7-8 days in cold storage or a fridge,
Water requirements; 12957.1 m3 / ha
Soil type; loam, silt or sandy, well-draining soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5 is recommended. Apricots do not tolerate high levels of boron, chlorine, sodium or brackish soils
Sun requirements; 8 hours of full-sun
Chill hours; 400-600 hours
Pruning; It is best to prune apricot trees in late winter or early spring when the new leaves and flowers begin to show. Cut off the thinner branches with narrow crotches (ie; those flimsy branches that grow more up than outwards) . In addition, apricots should be thinned out once the fruit sets in, this is because a too heavily laden tree will produce smaller fruits than normal.
Soil depth; apricots require deep soil to grow well, a depth of 1,5 metres is recommended
Care; It is best to protect apricot trees from excessive winds, and ensure that you plant them in an area that receives little frost as they are susceptible to late frost. Painting the bottom of the trunk with a non-caustic, quick-drying paint can help reduce the effects of extreme cold and/or harsh sunlight as they are heat sensitive.
Fertiliser requirements; Apricots do best when Nitrogen, Phosphorous and potassium are applied
Pollination requirements; most apricot varieties are self-pollinating
Successful test-crosses; not applicable- apricots are self-fruitful
Bloom time; beginning of September
Harvest time; end of November
Size and shape; semi-spreading,
Tree age; generally will fruit in it's second or third year, but may take up to five years to yield at it's maximum potential
Average life span; fruits for 20-25 years, lives for 40-150 depending on the rootstock used.
Susceptibility to pests and disease; not enough data