Apricots surely have more flavor packed into them than any other fruit. A tree ripened apricot fresh off your own tree is a true delight. Ripe apricots are so soft they rarely ship well so the best way to enjoy an apricot is fresh from your tree. Unfortunately, they don't like wet feet and bloom early, making them vulnerable to heavy soil, late rains or frost. They do not need as much heat to ripen as peaches. Most varieties do well in zones 5-9. They should begin fruiting in two to four years after planting. They're harvested when soft and sweet. All varieties offered are self fertile.