To many of us there was a rude awakening to a cool spell in May this past weekend. Graduations were a mix of smart summer dresses bundled under warm winter coats! Many in the MidWest had FREEZE warnings on Sunday morning which could spell problems for fruit growers as well as over-eager gardeners.
We were away for a few days and I had left my plants outside – so was a little concerned. Fortunately we didn’t get below low-40s so they were a little miserable but not harmed. The peppers were still in containers but hardened off and outside so could be brought inside, but the little columnar apple tree was out in the open.
Cold temperatures particularly those close to or below freezing, can kill young blossom and fruit on trees and plants so both the pepper and apple were at risk, but the pepper will continue to put out flowers and fruit through the summer, apple trees are a one-shot blossom in spring then wait until next year if things go wrong.
I didn’t think we were getting apples on this little guy because the others didn’t put out flowers and you need a different species for pollination. It looks like the apples were already set and they didn’t get frost on them so are ok – a few degrees can make a difference which is why this one in the open would likely have a degree less than if it were on the deck being sheltered by the house. I think someone else must have a compatible apple tree because I have apples!!!