Trees budding too early

  • Trees budding too early

    Posted by MulberryGardens-Christina on January 24, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    I’m in North Texas and yesterday I noticed 3 of my apple trees with leaves and buds on them. We still have freezing Temps ahead of us. Anyway to save the trees, or even better to help them still thrive this summer?

    We had days around 80 a few weeks back and we are having consistent nights in the low 30s to high 20s the next few weeks.

    MulberryGardens-Christina replied 1 year, 2 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • DeepSouthBamaGRITS

    January 24, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    How big are your trees? If they aren’t huge full grown trees, you could drape them with old sheets or blankets to protect them from frost. I have used the old Christmas Tree lights (NOT LED BULBS) or a light bulb in a heat lamp or a heat lamp bulb (again Not an LED) to add extra heat under a sheet of plastic. One 100 light strand of regular Christmas tree light bulbs will produce 40 watts of heat. If more is needed, use more strands of lights. The same would go for using a light bulb or heat lamp under the plastic. Just be sure to totally enclose the plastic around the trees and put something heavy around the plastic to hold it down on the ground so heat can’t escape. You might could pile up leaves/straw around the trees to help hold in heat, too, if you use the Christmas Tree lights. I would be very careful if you used a heat lamp with leaves/straw fearing a possible fire. I know citrus fruit growers have sprayed their trees with water to protect the fruits, not sure if it would work on any other fruit trees or blooms.
    I had to do that last week on some of my wild huckleberry bushes that were already in full bloom when we had a freeze with frost for a couple of days. I left the plastic on them all day, even with the sun shining since it was still cold during the day. I will have to do it again tomorrow night as we are supposed to be 30(F) here in coastal AL. All of my fruit trees are budding out AGAIN after the Christmas Freeze. They were budded out ready to put on leaves when that horrid freeze hit. It killed those buds and I noticed yesterday they are budding out again.
    I am about done with this roller coaster ride weather we’ve been having. I have spent so much time covering everything just to uncover in a day or two because temps are back up in the 70’s-80’s then another cold front come thru and have to cover them back up again.
    Are you in the ice/snow conditions in N TX that is going on today??

    • MulberryGardens-Christina

      January 25, 2023 at 11:45 pm

      The snow and ice ended about 15-20 miles west of us. I think the river we are close to affects us getting snow as often. 😉

      Thanks for the tips. We still usually have frosts until early April. Today I saw blooms on 2 trees. They aren’t very big yet. 3 years old and only 7-8 feet tall… it would probably take 2-3 large sheets to cover all but our small Anna apple tree.

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