[NAFEX] Whose fruit trees didn't freeze?

Kathryn Mathews kathmath at charterinternet.com
Sat Apr 14 14:12:14 EDT 2007


Somewhat farther north, in southern MN we were not as far along when the
cold snap hit and I think we will suffer less (we had lows about 15F for 5
or 6 nights in a row).  No daffodils were blooming, just scilla and crocus.
My cornelian cherry flowers were just starting to open, and seem to be OK.
Honeyberry, juneberry and sour cherry flower buds hadn't opened yet.
Hopefully there will be some silver linings for folks farther south that
lost a lot.  We had our own disaster last August when we received baseball
sized hail for 20 minutes straight.  Every house in town got a new roof and
most fruits and vegetables were lost or greatly damaged.  All part of life
on Earth I guess but pretty discouraging, especially in spring.
Kathryn Mathews

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Doreen Howard
Sent: 04/13/2007 7:26 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Whose fruit trees didn't freeze?


I'm cautiously optimistic that my fruit came through two weeks of frigid
temps (down to 12F one night) and snow every day or two in decent shape.
This weather hit after several weeks of spring temperatures that swelled
buds, brought 1,500 daffodils to bloom and the lilacs to show their flower
buds.  All the daffodils ended up as mushy piles of goo on the ground, and
we won't talk about the tulips, which are struggling.

A quick tour of the orchard this afternoon, after yesterday's snow melted,
shows that the Montrose apricot I grew from a pit given to me by Del Stubbs,
has pink buds that will flower tomorrow probably.  Apples are showing flower
buds, and what leaves are emerging are a bit browned on their edges.  Looks
like the apples will flower within the next week, as will the Saturn peach.
My graft Asian pear (Korean Giant with Shinseiki grafts) is probably the
worst.  All tips had swelled, were showing leaf rosettes and buds when the
latest snows hit.  These are brown on the edges, but I think they will
flower.  Compact Stella cherry is still dormant, although there are a few
buds swelling, as are those on the miniature Le Nain Vert pear.

If anything is lost, it may various blueberries.  All five varieties had fat
flower buds that are now browned.  I'm not seeing any dessication in the
buds, but they are totally bronzed.  Alpine strawberries look like piles of
mush, too.  All three grape varieties are in good shape as they have not
broken bud yet.
Doreen Howard
Zone 4b, Wisconsin-Illinois border

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