Critical bud temps for Japanese plums

creekweb(6,7)May 5, 2013

I've never seen critical temps for Japanese plums posted as there are for a number of other fruits on the MSU site and the like and have based my assessment for any need for protection against freeze injury on the European plum data.This year my orchard was exposed for several hours to 24 -25F before buds had reached tight cluster and I thought most all was safe, but I'm now seeing 90 - 100% loss on the earlier blooming Japanese varieties. The European plums are unaffected.Now there are other reasons for poor fruit set here, but this seems the most likely, and in the future I will regard even moderately freezing temps (Can any others report significant losses at these moderately freezing temps for early stage Japanese plum buds?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fireduck(10a)

C...I think your point is well taken. Here in SoCal...we had a cold/late frost a week or two after flowers were open or starting to open. My fruit set was horrible this year (although I had tons of flowers). Bees were everywhere. Primarily my Japanese plums were affected.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 4:40PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Gophers killing apple trees... Help!
Gophers have killed 2 roses and one prized apple tree...
peteramu
Where to buy Titan, Vernon, and Ochlockonee Blueberry plants?
I live in East Texas between DFW and Texarkana off...
sidpost
Lime and lemon tree Houston area?
Best lime and lemon tree for Houston area? What are...
johnfam
Plum tree
My plum tree has new growth. I remember a couple of...
tim45z10
Carmine Jewel
So I've been fretting about my Early Richmond for a...
iowajer
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™