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  • From: "Dr. Lucky Pittman" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] no peaches this year :-(
  • Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:35:47 -0500

Yikes! Sorry to hear that.
We escaped any serious damage, so far as I can tell at this point, this

But I can identify with you... back in 2007, we'd had an inordinately warm
Feb/March...with almost everything breaking dormancy... then Easter arrived,
with four consecutive nights of temperatures dropping into the 'teens.
Many plants had 6-10 inches of tender new growth that was killed back.
Almost all Carpathian walnuts, heartnuts, persimmons were killed back to
their rootstock - amazingly, though, most of the Asian persimmons I had at
that time were still dormant. Seedling heartnuts were killed outright.
Big mature hickories and oaks in my forest were killed back to main trunk.
Subsequent to the Easter Big Freeze Disaster, we went from May 10 to Nov 30
with a single 1" rain event... a lot of mature trees succumbed to the
double-whammy of freeze and drought.


-----Original Message-----
From: nafex [] On Behalf Of V. Michael
Bove, Jr.
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:08 AM
Subject: [nafex] no peaches this year :-(

The seventies-then-below-zero weather we had in late winter here killed the
flower buds on all six varieties of our peaches. Plums (myrobalan),
apricots, apples, and pears all seem to be flowering more or less normally,
but no idea yet about fruit set.

Anyone else on the list get clobbered? We also lost the flower buds on our
magnolia tree and forsythia bushes.

Michael Bove
Teakettle Farm, Z6 (MA/RI border)
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