The orchard trees are in various stages of blossoming here in the Finger Lakes, but after three days of steady rain, we’ve now had two days ofclear weather but cool temperatures by day and frost warnings by night. I’ve seen few active pollinators. I’m hoping the blossoming trees can hold out until Thursday. Anyone done any pollinating by hand on a large scale? It would seem to require too much time to be effective.
If it’s too cold for bees the flowers are pretty much on hold. A freeze is usually the bigger danger than lack of pollination.
Avoided a hard frost and have had several days of sun when rain was predicted. Pollinators aplenty!