Will planting in shade (winter only) cause later blooms?
I have been toying with this thought for the past week while I see huge shaded areas on the north sides of my buildings.
In my area some fruits wont bloom late enough to survive a frost. Apricots are the big one, but also some plums and some peaches. Sweet cherries also bloom too early here, but the trees themselves don't survive well here. Apricots on the other hand do very well here, but almost always bloom early and frost off.
I have a few areas on the north sides of my buildings that are almost full shade now. I know in the summer they are full sun, and get NO shade from the building. If I were to plant some trees in these areas do you think the shade in winter and spring will cause them to bloom later?