Long wait for blossom
May/14/2017 01:16 PM
Due to cool temperatures, blossoms have taken an unprecedented length of time opening. Some varieties, like Williams Pride, golden russet, and the lower elevation Libertys had about half their blossoms open, but most of the trees will be at peak blossom this week. Luckily, this will coincide with ideal weather for pollinators - dry and warmer than it has been so we predict good fruit set this year. Certainly the trees have huge numbers of blossoms! We may have to spend a fair amount of time thinning…
We had snow this morning, but fruit trees can handle that kind of cold even with their blossoms open. The ample rain this spring is a welcome relief after the dry season last year.