Forecasted Freeze tonight - bye bye apples and Pears

Discussion in 'Fruit Trees' started by Native Hunter, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    My most advanced keiffer pears were just starting to leaf out, it'll be interesting to see what this18 degree Saturday morning did to them. But the ten that I just planted bareroot this spring hadn't started pushing anything yet.
     
  2. George

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    Steve I'm interested to hear your thoughts on your damage post cold times.

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  3. Native Hunter

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    G, I've been out of town for a few days and just got home this afternoon. I can't explain it, but it looks like my damage ranges from minimal to none at all on apples and pears. This includes the trees that were almost in full bloom. I'm really happy about this, but can't explain it. Based on what I've always understood we should have had severe damage.

    Show below is the fruit set on one of my Kieffers, and the same apple tree that I posted at the beginning of this post. Unless something else happens, it looks like we could be headed for a fruit bonanza this year.

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  4. George

    George Well-Known Member

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    That's good news, kind of what I'm seeing here. Flowers got cold but the dew point was so low they didn't get frost bit.

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  5. Worm

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    Glad to hear that news Native . I had some damage on my pears, but I would say that more than half of the blooms survived , I am still holding my breath until we get thru early May.
     
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    Thanks Worm. Keep us posted and let us know in a few days how it turns out for you.
     
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    So glad your damage was minimal. Bring on the Native fruit
     
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    I have had pears get marble size and then turn black and fall from a freeze event. Cut the fruitlet and see if there is any dark brown inside.
     
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    After I checked further yesterday, I did find that some of my pears at the farm froze out, but the apples over there seem okay. At my home location I'm okay with both apples and pears. I cut some open like you said and saw no black.

    I'm now estimating up to 50% loss of pears at the farm, but I can live with that.
     

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