Saturday, April 5, 2014

Plums Blooming, Peaches Hurt by Cold Winter

Plumcot trees (right foreground) are in bloom, with white flowers.  A few peach flowers are starting to open their pink petals on the 'Contender' peach trees behind the plumcot trees, but the other 15 peach varieties we grow lost all their fruit buds to mid-winter cold.
Plumcots and sandhill plums are blooming now, and we should have good crops of both this year.  'Contender' peaches are also blooming now, but unfortunately, the severe mid-winter temperatures killed all the fruit buds on the other 15 peach varieties we grow.  So almost all our peach trees have no blooms, and will have no fruit this year.  Peaches will be very limited this year, perhaps 4% of the crop we had last year, as only a very small crop of 'Contender' peaches should be ripe from early August to mid-August.
   “Though the fig tree does not bud, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails … yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

Sandhill plum bushes are covered with white blooms now, and we should have a good crop of them this year.
    We still have cracked 'Kanza' pecans and many 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples for sale, kept in top condition in our cooler.  See previous post for prices.  We'll also have harvested fresh asparagus for sale from about April 14 to about June 10, at $2.79 per pound plus tax.
   We're open by appointment from Dec. 1 to May 31, so phone 620-597-2450 a day or so before coming to get apples or pecans, and leave a message saying when you'll get here, so I can meet you at the sales building.  (When I'm applying herbicide or we're pruning raspberries at the back of the planting, we can't always see or hear vehicles come in the driveway if people just drop by.)  For highway detour directions, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Older Posts".