Eek! Apple blossoms way early!
Not to over-do the (plant) sex education, apple blossoms produce apples only when their buds survive cold Spring nights. Freeze their little innards, lose your harvest. So, now that weirdly warm February and March have pushed our buds ahead by 20 days, northern fruit growers have something real to stress about. One night of temperatures below 25 degrees Fahrenheit would pretty well cancel this year’s apple crop. On the other hand, so far so good, one day at a time, fingers crossed, knock on wood, stay away from black cats and ladders, throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, don’t crack any mirrors or cross any knives, call your mother, accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, and don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.
If the buds don’t freeze, the next legitimately scary time comes during bloom itself. Then we get to worry that the weather will be cold, or windy, or wet, or otherwise unkind to the famous birds and bees. They must cross-pollinate skabillions of apple blossoms during the scant week of bloom if we’re to get what we want — jillions of apples. More pollination drama in our next orchard update.