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Apples
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Farmer-Gene    Posted 05-08-2001 at 07:54:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It still gets cold at night here in NW Wis Last year it froze and we didn't have any apples someone told me that if I would have sprayed the blossoms with water after they froze it might have saved them. Has anyone heard about doing this? Hate to go another season with no apples. Thanks


wildflower    Posted 05-08-2001 at 19:06:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes it works, as outlined by other posters.Also spray trees with a soluble kelp spray during the period of time you might still expect frost,abt once a week.Offers a little more protection.Can't remember why it works,tho. Micronutrients can't hurt as foliar food,either


JoeK    Posted 05-08-2001 at 12:09:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dunno bout apples,but sittin here perusin,...avg ground temp of water is 48-54 degrees,or 16-22 degrees above freezing,my thought is that by spraying/misting during sub-freezing temps you would be creating an above freezing zone(raising the temp)around your trees.As water cooled and dripped off it would be constantly replaced by warmer(fresh)mist/spray,thereby keeping blossom temps above freezing...........but I may be"all wet" in my theory,has happened before....lol.


Joanie    Posted 05-08-2001 at 11:47:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Grandma did this for all her fruit trees and swore by it. She said that people would look at her like she was crazy standing out there in the cold dark spraying her trees but she was sometimes the only one that had fruit.
Joanie


Hogman    Posted 05-08-2001 at 09:12:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
After they freeze they is froze! You need to spray BEFOR it gets down to freezing and keep the spray going for some timeafter it gets to freezing.
The idea is that ice will not go below 32 degrees so if blossoms are incased in ice they can stand at or below 32.
Citrus groves have automatic sprinklers that go on when the temp gets close to freezing and stay on till it warms up above. Just don't put so much on as to break the limbs. Common sense?


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