[NAFEX] italian plum

Thomas Olenio tolenio at sentex.net
Sat May 7 19:07:12 EDT 2005


Did you have a freak, unusual cold spell during the past winter?

Look for the low temp in your area for the month of January.  That is  
usually when you will find the coldest part of the winter.

Then check the low temp rating on Stanley.

We are getting colder winters than we have had in years in SW Ontario.  In  
our area, peaches that went undamaged for years are being severely  
damaged.  Grapes in Niagara are being hit bad too.  The wineries of  
Niagara have to import tons of grapes they can no longer produce.

That is one possibility for your Stanley damage.


On Sat, 7 May 2005 13:29:10 -0500, Michelle Horner <shelly2 at wi.rr.com>  

> I need a little advice.   My Italian plum, a Stanley,  that I planted in  
> '95 and finally started bearing gangbusters the last 4 years, is not  
> looking too good this spring.  My European plums and cherries are all in  
> prime blossom right now.  I think "Stanley" usually blossomed before  
> these??  It looked good in the fall.  It is loaded with blossom buds.   
> But I seem to notice it looks like the finist branches look dissecated.   
> And that look now seems to be working its way inward toward the larger  
> branches.  The color of these branches in grayer than the live stuff.  I  
> keep doing "scratch" tests--and I keep finding more and more dried  
> branches.  I would guess its a loss--but any input on why?  I don't see  
> girdling--I guess I should check a little further underground.   
> Observations??
> thanks.
> Michelle Horner  zone 4/5 SE WI
> PS.  I think my Goldcot Apricot dodged all the frosts last week, and in  
> spite of the cold, the pollinators found it--I think I'll have a load of  
> apricots--yipeeeeeee!!


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