[NAFEX] Delayed blooming - NOT

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Wed Mar 28 00:43:26 EDT 2007


Richard,
You know more about cots than I do, and I am just repeating what I've been
told.  Bob Purvis indicated he had a Jerseycot in his yard that bore 52 ripe
cots after a 23F frost May 3, 2005.  He is very high on the cultivar.  For
the last 20 years Jerseycot has fruited 90% of the time in New Jersery.
He's also very optimistic on the new Sugar Pearl (another New Jersey
release).  He said it handled fluctuating winter temps far better than
Harglow in 2004-2005.

Bill, don't give up on apricots.  If Bob Purvis can grow them north of
you (Minnesota) and they can be grown south of you in Kansas (Goldcot fruits
about every three years in Kansas), they might be worth a go.  Just be
careful in cultivar selection, and as Richard says, pick the late blooming
ones.

God bless,
Mark
Kansas

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "MARIE ASHTON" <bwoodtx at verizon.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 9:06 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Delayed blooming - NOT


> As an average it takes about 27 degrees F or less to kill the blooms/
fruit
> in Apricots. The exact temperature depends on what stage the blooms/fruit
> are in. The lenght of time at the 27 degrees can be as little as an hour.
> The longer the time the more that will be killed. Sometimes even if it
gets
> to 27 there may be a few buds that have not opened or some protected fruit
> that come through. At 25 degrees F you can forget the crop.
>
> Maybe the weather will cooperate this year.
>
> Regards,
> Richard Ashton
> Oak Creek Orchard
> www.oakcreekorchard.com
> bwoodtx at verizon.net
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "William C. Garthright" <billg at inebraska.com>
> To: "NAFEX List" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 6:58 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] Delayed blooming - NOT
>
>
> >I was asking about ways to delay blooming earlier, and one reason was
> > the dwarf Goldcot apricot I planted last spring. To my surprise, it's
> > been blooming like crazy the last couple of days. Really beautiful! I'd
> > never even SEEN an apricot tree before planting this. There were bees
> > working the flowers yesterday, too, though almost nothing else is
> > blooming around here (some forsythia, is all).
> >
> > However, it's only March! I knew they bloomed early, but... this early?
> > It's been warmer than normal for almost three weeks. The last four days,
> > the high has been 80 degrees, with lows in the low 50's. Our average
> > high for this time of year is 55; the average low is 31. And the average
> > frost-free date is a month and a half away.
> >
> > Well, the tree has done really well, but I never expected to get
> > apricots this year, so I didn't even try to delay blooming. And I don't
> > expect to get apricots every year - most years? - anyway, in this
> > climate. But can anyone tell me how cold it would have to get to kill
> > the flowers or developing fruit? Just curious. It's supposed to cool off
> > a bit, but still stay above average. They're not forecasting a freeze in
> > the next week, anyway.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Bill
> > Lincoln, NE (Zone 5a)
> >
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