[NAFEX] growing fruit trees close to the ground

dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Sun Dec 30 19:45:05 EST 2007

The key with peaches in cold temps is to keep the buds from freezing.  There 
are some good charts and articles on the subject after last spring's Midwest 
late freeze found at 
http://www.hrt.msu.edu/faculty/Langg/Fruit_Bud_Hardiness.html.  There are 
links to articles and data that cover apples, peaches, grapes and other 
fruit.  I have found the chart at 
http://web1.msue.msu.edu/vanburen/crtmptxt.htm most useful in monitoring our 
own temperatures through last winter and spring.  We found that the PF 24 
Flamin' Fury buds withstood temps at to below -16 while all other buds froze 
and produced no fruit.  Hope this helps someone.

Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark & Helen Angermayer" <hangermayer at isp.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2007 6:16 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] growing fruit trees close to the ground

> Jerry,
> Some time back Pomona had an article about a guy growing peaches up north.
> He used little temporary housing for his peach trees in the wintertime. 
> He
> would then wreck them out in the spring.  Built them out of pallets or
> something real cheap.  He was experimenting with heating them with candles
> and other various low cost methods of heating.  Just have to keep them
> warmer than -10F.  Thought this was a pretty ingenious way to do it.
> Mark
> KS
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "waayupnorth" <>
> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2007 11:51 AM
> Subject: [NAFEX] growing fruit trees close to the ground
>> I've heard that in Morden, Manitoba there was a fellow who trained a 
>> peach
> tree so its branches were close to the ground, so that he could cover the
> entire tree with raked leaves for winter protection; and that he would 
> share
> his peach crop with folks at the Morden Experiment Station.
>> And I've read quite a while ago that in Siberia or in that general part 
>> of
> the world someone was growing apple trees in a similar fashion.  Not sure 
> if
> they covered the trees too or if they just let Mother Nature cover them 
> with
> snow.
>> Does anyone have any further information about growing fruit trees close
> to the ground, to help with winter protection?
>> Jerry
>> NW Minnesota
>> Z3a
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