[NAFEX] Frost and fruit

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Wed Apr 21 20:31:18 EDT 2010

> It looked like we might actually have a bumper crop this year.  Even 
> the Pluot tree bloomed completely for the first time ever!

My pluots were just a mass of blossoms, too. All three of them. (You 
just have one tree? Don't they need cross-pollination then?)

I'm a little worried that I haven't seen many bees around, though. (I 
think my leaf-cutter bees might have died over the winter, and I still 
haven't been able to get a population of blue orchard bees started.)  It 
stayed cold for a long time this year, and then it suddenly warmed up a 
bunch - and stayed very warm.

On the bright side, I might actually get apricots this year. But pretty 
much every fruit tree I've got started blooming at the same time. It's 
really something. And the city has been planting those flowering 
non-fruiting pears (I think that's what they are) everywhere, and 
they're all blooming, too. With everything blooming at once, I'm worried 
that there won't be enough bees to go around. I certainly haven't seen 
very many.

Well, we'll see, I guess.

> Then, of course, we had two nights with frost.  Temps around 32 degrees.

Last year, the temperature dropped to 23 degrees here one night in early 
April (that was at the airport a few miles from here, so it was probably 
slightly warmer here). I had apricots, pluots, and plums blooming at the 

It killed every single apricot blossom, but it didn't seem to faze the 
pluots or the plums at all. Of course, there might be some variation 
with different varieties of pluot, but I'm sure 32 degrees wouldn't 
bother them.

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)


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