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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Monday, October 02, 2006

New Apricot Released

Apricot 'Kettleman'

A new apricot known as ‘Kettleman’ has been launched for commercial growers and hobby gardeners. It is the latest addition to the cultivars produced regularly by the specialists at the United States Agricultural Research Services’ San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center in Parlier, California, about 200 miles north of Los Angeles.What makes ‘Kettleman’ apricots so special is their attractive deep-orange skin, pleasing taste, smooth texture and alluring aroma. Also, they ripen early: ‘Kettleman’ is ready to harvest in California from about 15th-25th May.

In 1992, ARS research geneticist Craig A. Ledbetter at Parlier selected ‘Kettleman’ - then known only by its breeding number, 883001 - as a front-runner among other promising apricot seedlings. He evaluated more than 1,000 ‘Kettleman’ trees and their fruit before deciding to make this new cultivar available to breeders, researchers and fruit growers. Ledbetter named the fruit for the small city of Kettleman, California, near which trial trees were planted. Kettleman lies in the San Joaquin Valley, about half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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