Fruit buds are extremely cold-hardy while dormant. Peach buds can withstand winter temperatures down to -10 F without damage, and apple and pear buds can take winter temperatures down to -20 to -30 F, depending on the variety. Once fruit buds start to grow in spring, they progressively lose cold hardiness as they develop. They are most vulnerable to freezes at bloom and post-bloom.
|Our peach trees are thankfully still in the swollen bud stage, so the peach crop shouldn't be hurt by temperatures predicted to go down to 20 to 21 F over the next two nights.|
So thankfully, this freeze should not hurt our fruit crops. We still might have frosts in the next 3 weeks that could hurt the tree fruits while they're blooming, though a light frost down to 28 F and no lower during bloom is actually beneficial, so we don't have to do so much fruit thinning.
|Just a week ago we had temperatures in the 70's and were pruning peach trees. Our son Michael helped with this while home from college on spring break, as did our other workers.|
It looks like strawberry season will start a bit later than most years, probably about May 8 or 10. That's quite a change from last year. We'll still have 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale until early May this year. They're protected from freezes in our sales building, and keep in top condition for 6-8 months in our cooler. If you want to get apples (or more apples), call 620-597-2450 to let me know when you're coming. Thanks.