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Orchard freeze on the way...help!
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Tom A    Posted 03-30-2003 at 03:42:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help! I need some quick advice.

My little orchard has reacted to the last 2 or 3 weeks of warm, sunny weather and buds have swollen on almost everything...the peaches have leaf buds popped open already, and blossom buds aren't far behind.

Right now there is a freezing weather storm about 100 miles away, bearing down fast. 2"-4" of snow expected beginning in just a few hours, with temperatures the next 2 nights dropping to the low 20s.

I am considering wrapping the 2-4 year old trees in big plastic trash bags until the cold weather passes. It is only 2 days/nights, only a dozen trees, and I have enough time & trash bags...I really want to save these buds this year because if you remember, I haven't gotten any fruit off these trees yet (hope springs eternal, right?).

Can anybody think of a better idea, or reason not to wrap them?

thanks for any advice,
Tom


Sid    Posted 03-30-2003 at 12:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen small orchards set up rainbird sprinkles on top of poles and leave the water on the night of an expected freeze. Water woulf freeze on the trees but know damage would result. Also have seen some get up early and spray the frost off of Strawberry plants and such to rinse the frost off before the sun warmed things up enough to melt it. I guess the smudge pots they used to use are a big no no.


Randy    Posted 03-30-2003 at 05:21:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, try here http://www.msue.edu/vanburen/frstflw.htm
I don't know how to do the link thing.


wow, what a great site!    Posted 03-30-2003 at 05:53:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Randy, thanks. I followed some links from there and what a wealth of information. The pictures of different bud levels of opening and the corresponding "deadly" temperatures are worth a mint. Looks like I *might* be safe doing nothing because my buds are supposed to be ok to around 16-18 degrees and it is supposed to get just to the low 20s.

thanks!
Tom


Randy    Posted 03-30-2003 at 07:25:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, you're welcome. It might take a while but if you know me long enough it just might pay off one day! Your day just came earlier then most.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-30-2003 at 04:18:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Works for me...

Do you really think you need to worry about the buds?...Maybe if the blossoms had popped, but just the pre-emergent buds?

Just asking, cuz I really do not know...

And I have to apologize to you too...

I am looking at that front coming, and all I can see is SAP in my future...

C'mon COLD!...


Home Comfort    Posted 03-30-2003 at 05:32:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom,
I hope that link Randy left can give you some help. Also, what about talking to a large local commercial grower about the whether or not you need to be concerned? I, too thought that the issue was the blossoms.
We rarely get an abundant crop of peaches around here since frost often hits, but when we do, what a treat! I can understand your mighty efforts to save them.


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