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May 11, 2015 1:22 PM CST
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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I was very surprised today to see some small apricots forming on my trees. We had temps in the 20's while it was in bloom, and some still managed to survive. I don't think it will be a bumper crop but at least I should get a taste. I'm happy! Smiling

The apple trees sure have a bunch of blooms this year, so I should have some apples as well.
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May 11, 2015 3:38 PM CST
Name: Karen
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Garden Art Region: Minnesota Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
It is to get below freezing here on two seperate nights. I am worried about the blossoms on the fruit trees and my current bushes.
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May 12, 2015 6:32 AM CST
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It's supposed to get down to 37 tonight, usually it's about 5 degrees colder here then in town, so I'm on the edge. My apples are just about finished blooming now.
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May 30, 2015 6:15 AM CST
Name: Paul
Bunbury, Western Australia. (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia
Good luck with your fruit set this year Tom. Here is a blue wren checking out a green apricot last year.Love these birds.I only picked a couple dozen apricots this past season, but they were delicious! Do you have many fruit trees?
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May 30, 2015 1:09 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
What a beautiful bird! I have 4 apricot, 1 pear, 1 peach, 5 apple, 2 tart cherries, 1 sweet cherry and 2 plum trees. I lost a plumb last winter, and a peach the winter before that. The apricot trees have been sparse producers most years. Last year I didn't get anything on most of the trees as the severely cold winter and late frost took care of that. Do you get enough of a chill period for most fruit trees? Many of them need a dormant stage brought on by colder weather to be able to produce. It looks like I'll have a good crop of cherries too, as well as apples.
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