Yellow apricot growers busy preparing for Tet

The wholesale prices for a yellow apricot pot range from 400,000 – 1,000,000 VND (US$17 – 43), while an ancient apricot tree may cost tens million.

Nhon An commune’s growers are busy preparing for the sale of yellow apricot blossom trees these days, as Tet (Lunar New Year) is coming. There are about 1,200 growers with thousands of apricot pots of all sizes.
The wholesale prices for a yellow apricot pot range from 400,000 – 1,000,000 VND (US$17 – 43), while an ancient apricot tree may cost tens million.
It takes time and effort to grow apricot trees as they are easily attacked by pests and common diseases.
According to Bui Can, an apricot grower in Trung Dinh hamlet, the pruning of apritot trees’ leaves may be carried out at different times, depending on weather conditions at each region. The trees sold at the northern region often have its leaves pruned on November 26, while the leaf pruning for apricot trees sold in central and southern regions takes place after December 12.
The apricot grower Nguyen Van Bay is delivering a tree to a buyer.
The position of an apriot tree can be adjusted by knotting branches together.
Apricot pots stand in queue for sale on a road at Trung Dinh hamlet. 
A 14-ton truck can transport up to 100 pot. “After a merchant chooses favourite trees at the garden, trucks will be hire for transportation”, said a truck driver.

Source: VnExpress.net

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