[NAFEX] Possible frost, what to do
William C. Garthright
billg at inebraska.com
Sun Apr 1 12:10:41 EDT 2007
> We've had extraordinarily warm weather for March and my peach and
> pluot trees are blooming and the cherry and pears are budding. This
> is the first year the peach and pluot have bloomed and we were really
> hoping for fruit. BUT...it looks like next week there may be weather
> in the 30s...possible frost. Any tips on how to protect these
> flowering and budding trees and get some fruit from them? Thanks!
I'm in the same situation, though now they're forecasting mid-twenties
on at least one night this week. Ouch! However, my trees are only a
year old, so I'm not so worried about the blossoms, only about the young
leaves and shoots that are sprouting out EVERYWHERE.
I'm just a beginner at this, but I'm going to try to identify the plants
most at risk and try to cover them, perhaps with a trouble light
underneath, burning a 60 W. incandescent lamp. Well, I guess I've only
got one trouble light, so the vast majority of my stuff will have to
take its chances.
Tom mentioned overhead irrigation. I've never tried it, but I've known
people who have (without success). As I understand it, water gives off
some heat when it freezes, but this will only help if the situation is
right on the edge - maybe a degree or two. And you must continue
irrigating all night and until the ice melts the next day. If you stop,
the ice will freeze the tissues (presumably, melting ice ABSORBS heat,
just as freezing water releases it). But I'm sure others know a lot more
about this than I do. (In fact, I'm sure I learned this from previous
Hmm,... I wonder if I should cover my strawberries with straw again?
Couldn't hurt, I suppose. They seemed to be remarkably resistant to cold
weather last fall (this is my first year with them), but I suppose the
new growth might be more susceptible.
Good luck (to both of us)!
Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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