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The effects of weather on fruit trees, April-May 2017

This year, April and May have been very problematic weather-wise for anyone who is interested in home-grown fruit. On several nights, temperatures dropped to well below freezing. This has affected all the different types of fruit, inflicting moderate to severe frost damage to open blossom. Crop prospects are definitely a lot better on those trees which were covered with a double layer of garden fleece. Because of the tendency to flower earlier in the season, pears, peaches, nectarines and plums are all very badly affected. Apples, which flower later, usually still set some sort of a crop. This year I am afraid that even apples will have been thinned out a lot, particularly in frost pockets. We will know by the end of May for sure about the initial set. By early July we will finally know what’s left; this after the June drop has further reduced the number of fruits. Who said growing fruit is easy?

What to do next? Watch this space.

Evidence of frost damage on leaves

One response to “The effects of weather on fruit trees, April-May 2017

  1. askennerton May 24, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Hi, My potted 4 year old nectarine was attacked about a month or so ago by (probably lily) beetle grubs that, once I discovered them I removed as many as possible without uprooting the tree & watered with ProVado insecticide. Unfortunately all the lovely flowers subsequently turned brown, died on the branches & there are leaves but much diminished. Should I tip out the shrub sized tree at this stage & completely ready-pot it perhaps in an appropriately smaller sized pot as the current large 2’+ diameter one is for it to grow permanently & would it be better re-establishing itself in a smaller pot? Kind regards, Anne Sent from my iPad


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