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  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] growing fruit trees close to the ground
  • Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 18:45:05 -0600

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 There are links to articles and data that cover apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit. I have found the chart at 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" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2007 6:16 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] growing fruit trees close to the ground


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.


----- Original Message ----- From: "waayupnorth" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
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

Does anyone have any further information about growing fruit trees close
to the ground, to help with winter protection?

NW Minnesota

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