[NAFEX] Frozen (?) apples
dsmndel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 5 08:32:51 EST 2008
This is an important subject to cold climate growers, but so far I haven't
found anything that relates why one apple frost damages at 27F and another
at 15F. Makes me wonder if I should get a brix refractometer ( any apple
growers out there find them handy?) , but the apples I am thinking of seemed
to have a similar sweetness. Does anyone know the mechanism that regulates
frost damage - Cell structure? Sugar Starch Content? Parentage? Ripeness?
Del, 2b/3a n. Mn
On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 11:53 PM, Steve <sdw12986 at aol.com> wrote:
> Lucky Pittman inspired this comment when he asked what temperature would
> damage his late apples. This isn't intended to be another answer for him
> but more a story about what I just experienced.
> Honeygold is about the latest ripening apple I dare to grow here. Some
> years, they aren't very good because the season wasn't long/warm enough.
> I mentioned some months ago about how I didn't spray a fungicide this
> year due to rain, wind, or both just about every day in the early part
> of the summer. The Honeygolds suffered greatly from this and were badly
> spotted and scarred by scab. (The high speed hail storm in June didn't
> help their looks either.) I wanted to thin them heavily to get rid of
> the most damaged fruit but they were so bad that I lost interest and
> never did thin them properly.
> I picked the best of them before we had a hard frost but left most of
> them on the tree, thinking I would pick and discard the rest. (I still
> hope to do that.)
> I walked out there today and noticed that there were still some decent
> Honeygolds up in the tree. I tasted one and it was good so I picked a
> dozen more of the better ones and took them inside. I have eaten two
> more today. If someone had asked me the same question about how cold can
> they go without damage, I would have answered upper to maybe mid 20s.
> Here's the point of all this. We had a prediction last weekend of 10 or
> 11 degrees for the low. Today I checked my recording thermometer, which
> is wired to a different apple tree near the Honeygold and my yard went
> down to 15 degrees Saturday night. I do believe the texture of the
> apples I picked today is slightly different but they are still good. If
> you tell me they would now not store as well, I would believe it. I'm
> just surprised they are still very edible after 15 degrees. Any comments?
> Steve in the Adirondacks (Zone 4a on the map, zone 3 by the thermometer)
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