>I'm pretty sure will be followed by icy frost in September, likely to kill
>new fruit. One year (until a flood took away our little weather station) we
>recorded in a September [spring] thirty day period temperatures from -1c
>[30F] and 35c [95F], with 8 inches of rain. Extraordinary daily shifts
>(makes it great for work and then sleep), wonderful growing opportunity with
>deep black alluvial soil but very tough for the early bloomers!
For you and any other folks needing to retard early bloomers, you can
usually delay them about 3 to 15 days by mulching the roots heavily as
winter nears its end. Keeping the trees' feet colder (because the
mulch insulates them) simply makes it harder to get the sap flowing up
to the buds, and they don't bloom as early.
Won't always work, but worth a try.
Here in Kansas it was the best apricot crop in 15 years because there
was a gradual warm-up and no frost. Canned a bunch of them --- Yum.
BTW, the word 'apricot' comes from the same root as 'precocious.'
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