[NAFEX] They are predicting lows of 21 F for Friday night andSaturday night

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Mon Apr 2 11:45:45 EDT 2007

I'd take them out of their bags and heal them in (dig a slanting trench
and lay the trees so that part of the tops will stick out when the
trench is filled) until the weather settles down. -- Sam Brungardt, St.
Paul, Minn.

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To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] They are predicting lows of 21 F for Friday night
andSaturday night

2 questions:  

Listers, I have young apple & pear trees out of the ground.  Some
potted, some bare-root in bags.  I could use ideas on whether I should
plant them into the ground ASAP, or keep them stashed in an unheated
shed until this cold snap is past.  Apples look full dormant yet (but I
bet they are awake); pear buds are swollen.

SB, are you sure the infection after the freeze was fireblight?  One
spring after a frosty cold wet bloom season, my trees ended up w/
something like FB but I did some research and decided it was Pseudomonas
blossom-blast.  I never took a sample to a plant pathology lab (it was
alarming only on one old pear tree), but I will probably have more
chances in the future.  

--- Stefan Brandle <> wrote:

> 21 F two nights in a row. Oh, dear. This is getting worse. Woe is me. 
> Or
> to be more precise, woe is those of my plants that have fallen for the

> fickle promises of temporarily warm weather. I can spray, cover, etc.
> plant or two, but I guess this is where I have to wish the majority of

> the early-blooming plants good luck. Leaves come back fairly easily,
> blooms don't. Fortunately, only a few have actual flowers open, but 
> we'll have to see how it goes.
> Four or five years ago we had a very late (May 19, 20, 21, or so) set 
> of
> hard freezes. Right after that, I got my first fireblight outbreak.
> three older apple trees and the two bartlett pears got nailed. I kept 
> cutting chunks out of the pear trees and beat fireblight on one, but 
> lost the other completely. The 15-20 foot apple trees were so badly 
> covered that I didn't even try dealing with the problem. They all
> it off, leaving a number of dead twigs, including the 
> fireblight-susceptible jonathan. I guess that it's better to get the 
> freezes now than a month and a half from now.
> -- sb

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