The Q&A Archives: Fruit Tree Dormancy

Question: The unusually warm weather has made the buds swell on my newly planted fruit trees. What can I do to protect them if we get a cool spell?

Answer: Plants are really dependent upon the weather and daylength to tell them when to blossom, when to grow, and when to sleep. Right now I have cherry trees in my yard that are in full bloom! If you have a cold spell, the blossoms will be killed. The tree will set new leaves and blossoms when the weather warms. There won't be as many blooms, but there should be some this spring. You should notice less and less of this tendancy to "jump the gun" once your new trees become established and more mature. In the meantime, enjoy the blossoms!

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