Back in 2019 I started planting fruit trees in my 1/4 acre lot. It started with three Korean pear trees and a moonglow pear. Fast forward to now, and my yard has over 100 perennial fruit plants. Most were planted in 2020, and this will be my third observable winter as a gardener.
In my back yard, the trees are fruiting. The pluots and apriums especially decided to set flowers on Feb 10, and now they have small fruit hanging. Last year they bloomed on March 1.
Last year I got about 40 plums from the trees, but they were all lost to pests. That’s ok, because I don’t expect good fruit until a few years pass. But they all survived a 32 degree frost.
But this time it’s different. With small green fruit exposed as the flowers die, I’m worried about the next few weeks. Starting Tuesday we get 3 nights of freezing. 30, 28 and then 33, which may turn to 32. Same a week later. Because of this, I’ve gotten a little down. These trees make up the main structure of my food forest. If I remove them, I’ll be taking a couple years away from the garden.
For the last three years, these trees bloom well before the freezes. I’m tired of the stress, so I’m thinking about pulling them out and replacing them all. I’m starting to feel like the upstate of SC will always give false springs and spring freezes.
I have ordered three trees to replace these with. They are the red haven peach, loring peach and au rosa plum. I read that they bloom late and night avoid these frosts.
So finally, the trees I’m probably taking out:
Emerald drop pluot
Spring satin pluot
Sweet treat pluerry
Dapple dandy pluot
Summer delight aprium
Flavor delight aprium
Santa Rosa plum.
Those trees are the ones in question. They’ve been in the ground 2-3 years and are bearing fruit. But if it’s a battle like this every year, I need to go ahead and replace them so I can take advantage of the growing season this year.
Anyone growing these with success? I’m close to Spartanburg. If this is a 1 in 100 winter, I might reconsider. But so far in my few years here these trees bloom too early
I haven’t found many videos on YouTube showing damage from certain temperatures. I know some trees don’t sustain damage until under 28. I will be pushing that line.
I searched a few posts here about pluots in my zone but I didn’t see any about degree of damage vs temps. Just a few about temps down to 22-24
My trees that are still dormant are the pawpaw, persimmon, cherry and apple trees