[NAFEX] Freeze damage follow-up

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Tue Apr 24 23:24:19 EDT 2007


My two cents would be to prune them now.  Scratch the bark to make sure it's
dead.  I did that on the persimmon and paw paw.  The paw paws turned out to
be alive, the persimmon (at least toward the end of the whips) are dead.

I would also prune back to the bud you wanted.  The trees shouldn't have
much trouble replacing the few inches of growth lost to pruning, especially
if their pruned before they put their energy into re-foliating.

Mark
Kansas

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William C. Garthright" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 8:29 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Freeze damage follow-up


> >
>
> All of my fruit trees had 100%, or nearly so, foliage damage (they're
> all pretty young), but my Japanese plums have come out of it the best
> here, too. Of course, they hadn't sprouted out as much as the others,
> either. My Asian pears still look the worst, but one of them is
> sprouting out again.
>
> You mentioned twig dieback. One problem I've noticed is that almost all
> of the end buds (next to my pruning cuts) seem to be dead. At least,
> there are very few trees where these have started sprouting new leaves,
> even when the rest of the branch is greening up again. One branch on a
> young peach tree even split lengthwise at the tip. Maybe the sap froze
> and split it?
>
> Should I re-prune these trees now, to cut off the dead stub? Or wait and
> prune it off later, if it really is dead, either later this season or
> with my normal dormant pruning next year? I'm still learning how to
> prune. Though I've read a lot about it, I need experience. But if the
> end buds on my pruned branches are dead, the next one is going to be on
> the opposite side of the branch - exactly the opposite of where I'd
> planned. So perhaps I should prune back even further, to a better
> choice? Although, considering how bad my trees look, I suppose I
> shouldn't stress them any further right now.
>
> Advice, anyone?
>
> Bill
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5a)
>
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