Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lots of early blooming fruit trees

Quite a few of my fruit trees and blueberry bushes are blooming right now. The cool but not freezing winter has had quite a few warm patches that have confused the trees greatly. 

My mulberry tree out back - the same Illinois Everbearing I mentioned in yesterday's post on festooning - is pushing a lot of blooms and new growth. 

The risk, of course, is that we'll get a harsh overnight low in the next month or two that will burn off all the blooms and new growth, eliminating the year's harvest of fruit.

I really hope that doesn't happen. This is a tricky time. I can cover some of my smaller trees to protect them but the larger trees are now on their own.

Three of my peaches are blooming:

It's hard to find more beautiful trees in the spring than peaches. The nectarine out front is also blooming but since it's a tiny tree I don't really want it fruiting yet so if any nectarines start to develop I'll pinch them off. It needs to get good and tall before having babies.

My Anna apples are in bloom right now and the black cherry is also about to pop. Fortunately, my Japanese persimmons, pears, cherries, plums and other apples are still sound asleep.

I hope they stay that way for another month at least. Or that we get lucky and don't see a cold snap that goes much below freezing.

I want fruit!

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At February 11, 2015 at 12:25 PM , Blogger Cristy said...

My peach is blooming too. Unfortunately, it's supposed to get in the 20's before the week is out. I am praying. That's all I can do. I can't cover it.

At February 11, 2015 at 3:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the species of apple that you are growing? I live in south Louisiana and didn't think there were any apple trees that would produce fruit this far south.

At February 11, 2015 at 3:48 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Put on your sprinkler all night beneath the tree. If the tree ices over, keep running it until the ice melts again. It will save the fruit/blooms.

At February 11, 2015 at 3:49 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Anna, Golden Dorsett and Ein Shemer all produce well. Also, Granny Smith and King David are worth trying. Also, check out Kuffell Creek Nursery for very interesting details on apples in hot climates.

At February 12, 2015 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Jeremy Millrood said... Dorsett is blooming and my Tropic sweet has a bunch of new growth..we're about to have another cold snap here in Jacksonville, so we'll see how they do..A bunch of my blueberry bushes are budding and a few even have new growth..thought that was kind of strange..


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