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  • From: Lee Reich <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Winter damage
  • Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 09:13:30 -0400

I think it was more the length of cold rather than the depth of cold. In the
past, my pawpaw flower buds have regularly survive to minus 25°F, even once
when the winter low dipped briefly below -30°F.

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On May 29, 2014, at 8:07 AM, Home wrote:

> Lost 100% of pawpaw flowers up here in Wisconsin. Trees just now leafing
> out very very slowly. Apparently pawpaws don't have much tolerance for the
> -28F we had, or 50 days below 0. C'est la vie. Actinidia argutas got hit
> hard too, but I notice a few flowers forming. Also every variety of peach
> I have in the ground here is flowerless, tho apricots planted in the same
> area are flowering.
> On May 28, 2014, at 9:27 PM, Jwlehman--- via nafex wrote:
>> Hi Hector,
>> Good to hear from you. Both my Rosseyanka trees were severely damaged this
>> winter. Persimmon Leaf Drop still a problem and water logging of the root
>> systems is not the cause. So I'm back to square one on that problem.
>> Pawpaws flower buds took a hit this winter. I'd guess 60% of the flowers
>> were frozen. I'll get a small crop.
>> Let me know if you do or don't also get this through
>> Jerry
>> In a message dated 5/28/2014 11:56:31 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>> writes:
>> Gotcha Jerry,
>> Trust all is well with you and Barb. Our Rossyanka got nipped by the
>> late
>> frost but still has quite a lot of flowers. We still get leaf drop now
>> when it heats up, and distorted leaves, but a good crop nonetheless.
>> Best
>> wishes, Hector
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