1. fusilier says

    Poor peach blossom, so very cold. My Beloved And Darling Wife insisted on planting peach trees here in Indianapolis. We never get fruit, a late frost just freezes them out.


    James 2:24

  2. says

    Awww, poor peach trees. One fruit I’ve never grown, and don’t know anything about. Back in SoCal, it was mostly plums and apricots. Delicious apricots! :D

  3. lumipuna says

    Indianapolis? I thought your summers were quite long and warm, but maybe not enough for late cultivars?

    Peaches originate in continental China where summer is hot, but some cultivars also tolerate harsh winters. AFAIK some early cultivars can produce fruit in the cool summers of western Europe, but they’re very sensitive to frost. Probably the main problem is wet maritime winter climate and/or not enough growth season for the winter buds to mature.

  4. fusilier says

    lumipuna @3

    over the past 40 years, we’ve been moving from a USDA Zone 4b to a Zone 5b/6a. -- there is no global warming, of course. The trees now come out of dormancy in April. BUT we get late frosts, in May, and the fruits die. Predicting last-frost-dates in spring, and first-frost-dates in fall is now problematic, when it used to be pretty easy.


    James 2:24

  5. lumipuna says

    Oh snap, I misread “late frost” for autumn frost. Major professional mishap :) A spring frost makes some sense, if your cultivar is too continental, or the growing place traps cold air.

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