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  • From: Caren Kirk <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Another bad freeze
  • Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:04:33 -0400

Hi Steve, it's you co-complainer up here in Quebec!

I too was worried in March, but as you say, everything has stayed closed a bit longer so that's actually a good thing.

Monday we had snow, and there's been some risk of light frost this week, but I think we're having slightly milder weather than you.

Anyway I did the tour of the trees yesterday, and my analysis was as follows: peach, plums, cherries and suprisingly apricot all looking fine. Buds are still swelling and most are loaded. Apples- some are staring to have their leaves start to uncurl (my apples are young so maybe I won't get blossom this year anyway). Pears - blossoms are half open, not sure if there has been damage due to fluctuating temperatures.

Luckily I am just a backyard enthusiast and my attitude with my fruit is "I get what I get", a little fatalistic perhaps, but I know that frost is just one of so many factors that can diminish my fruit crop. The season is just beginning....

Anyway, good luck, and keep sending us updates, it's interesting to compare where your trees are with mine.

Caren Kirk
St. Jerome, QC.

On 4/26/2012 11:16 PM, Steve wrote:
I was on here back in March complaining about the weather (later in the
"early pruning" discussion). After more than a week of warm weather
including some days in the low 8os we had a prediction of 3 degrees and
I wondered what that might do to the awakening fruit trees. Well, it
actually only went down to 13 that night and the trees were just fine.
Last Friday, I finished up some pruning that I hadn't done yet and I
couldn't help but notice that nearly every tree I own is just loaded
with flower buds. Every plum (except one young one), all the apple
varieties, and the Manchurian apricots are really loaded. The pears have
a moderate number of flower clusters. As of last week, no flowers were
open but the plums were close and, of course, the apricots even closer.
It's been cool with snow flurries every day since then until today. That
doesn't worry me. In fact it's good that it's been cool to stop further
development of the buds. Now the forecast for Friday night is 16 degrees
and Saturday night the forecast is for 14 degrees. That worries me!
I don't have a question. This is more of a "misery loves company" sort
of post. I'll report back Sunday or Monday and let you know how cold it
actually got and how the flower buds look.

Steve in the Adirondacks
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