Late freeze may mean less fruit this year

By Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects, jmohrmann@wjxt.com
Published On: Apr 23 2014 06:21:56 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2014 11:00:00 PM EDT

The late cold snap could mean less fruit this year.

If we had a tree or even some sort of small fruit bush that was in flower, it very likely could have killed the fruit buds," said Kansas State University Horticulturist Ward Upham.

He says the recent freezes may have killed fruit buds that have already sprouted.
Apricots and peaches are most likely to be affected since they bloom early.

To see if your fruits were damaged-pull a bud off the tree and slice it from the base to the top. If the inside is green, that bud is still healthy, but if it's brown or tan, don't expect any fruit.

Upham suggests pulling 10 to 20 buds off the tree to see how many fruit buds were damaged. And that's not the only fruit we'll be out of this year.

"We did have some damage however from the cold winter temperatures and so our thornless blackberries, we may have lost this year's growth on them," Upham added.

Fruit buds are usually damaged when it's 28 degrees or lower. You can help protect the plants by placing a sheet over the branches when cold weather is on the way.

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