Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Warm Winter Weirdness

Winter ended last week but the effects of the unusually high temperatures linger on. The fruit tree blossoms came out much earlier this year. That's dangerous because a hard frost could wipe out the whole season's fruit in one night.

Here is a mulberry tree in full bloom on one of the Clarion River Organics farms. 

And here is a plum tree. These were taken on Monday, March 26. That night temperatures dropped to 25 degrees, which could be a killing frost. Here is what we found the next day.


These plum blossoms got singed pretty badly, but not totally destroyed, so we don't know yet whether the trees will still bear fruit this year.



 The peach blossoms have some damage but weren't hit quite so hard. Luckily, as you can see in the photo below, there were still lots of unopened blossoms on the peach tree so there is a good chance we'll get fruit out of them this summer.


The good news is the apple blossoms were still in the bud stage, so they weren't affected at all. But the unseasonal warmth continues and we have another month of potential frosts to get through, so we're either going to have early fruit or no fruit this year. We're keeping our fingers crossed.

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