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Protecting young peach tree this winter?

Posted by squirrelwhispererpup 9a (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 20, 13 at 22:37

I have a Bonanza miniature peach tree in a big container, planted this past March. It has put on a good leaf canopy and is extending its branches. It is a low chill variety recommended by local extension service, which is essential where i live (Houston). I know it is deciduous but after it drops its leaves, should I provide it with extra protection (drape a flannel sheet over it, for example) when freezes are predicted this winter? While it doesn't freeze here very often and I can count on one hand the number of snows we have had in the past decade, temps can go from 70 to 30 degrees in a matter of hours when a cold front comes through so I don't know how much it will be acclimatized when the Gulf Coast version of winter arrives. Thanks for any help.


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RE: Protecting young peach tree this winter?

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 20, 13 at 23:28

It won't need protection in fall or when dormant in winter. But after the flower buds start swelling in late winter then protect it from freezing. In your area that should only be once or twice a year that it might need protection. Even after bud swell and through flowering it has to drop below 28F to cause damage. But the forecast isn't always that good so freezing is a good protection threshold.


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RE: Protecting young peach tree this winter?

Thanks, fruitnut!


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