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Spring growth on trifoliate hybrids meets 14 degrees F!!!


With all the warm weather we've had the past two months this winter, as you all know, a lot of our fruit trees are starting or are in full bloom now. My trifoliata and trifoliate hybrids have started putting out little green shoots about a centimeter long. Obviously with the 14 degree low I had last night and barely getting above freezing during the past few days, all the peach/plum/crab/etc blossoms are toast, and the little citrus shoots are black. However, will this cold weather do real damage to the hybrid citrus trees as in loss of wood? Usually my citrus is late to wake up in spring, so no worries, but this year I don't know.


I work in produce and I was told that GA stone fruit are in a world of trouble for a combination of not getting enough chill hours and now this freeze destroying all buds. How bad is it going to be?

It's bad. All my peach and apricot blossoms are trashed by the 14 degrees and 16 degrees the past two nights. I'm already resigned to the fact of no stone Fruits other than cherries which haven't bloomed yet, and my apples haven't bloomed yet. Mountain ash not bloomed either. Apples and sorbus bloom later here, so they are really the only reliable fruit trees to grow in these mountains. All my other stuff, including citrus is pretty much a gamble year to year; we drew a bad card with the warm February this year.

We will probably have to buy those Michigan peaches this year again. My pears, figs, pomegranates got fried. The trifoliate got zapped, but my citrangequat is still fine. That kumquat genetic dna keeps it dormant for longer than my other fruit.


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