PeakOiler wrote:The record low freezing temps recently damaged the citrus in the greenhouse. I may lose the two lime trees. We'll see...
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PrestonSturges wrote:I've heard some people string Christmas tree lights on plants they want to protect from bad cold snaps, and they produce just a little heat.
DomusAlbion wrote:All our peach, apricot and nectaries are either dying or dead. This valley just gets too cold in the spring. It warms up and encourages the trees to start blooming then wham! in comes a freeze.
I'll take out the ailing trees and replace them with apple, pear, cherry & plum. sad.
jdmartin wrote:^^^ Interesting. I was reading Prince Charles' gardening book, and they did something similar in order to create a microclimate that was a zone or two better than everything around them. Smart thinking..
My peach tree is looking like a bumper crop this year, for it's age - I estimate there's still about 40-50 peaches on it, from over 100 that set fruit in the spring. I thinned some of it out, and some of it just tossed off on its own. Don't know how thin I should make it, but I'm probably going to just let it run the way it is right now and if the peaches are too small I'll thin more next year. I've probably got 3 or 4 peaches left on each branch right now - PO, does that sound about right?
Because there were fewer peaches on the trees this year, the thinning work went much faster, and consisted of removing excess fruit in spots where it was "clustered", and pulling off "doubles", of which there were many this year. A benefit of having less fruit on the trees is that we may avoid having unusually small fruit that is commonly associated with stressful drought conditions. It also may be an advantage to the health of the trees to not be carrying very much fruit this year, with the lack of rainfall. The disadvantage for customers is that the availability of peaches will be more scarce and sporadic.
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