Frost Damage

— Written By Mark Danieley
en Español

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Saturday, April 11, 2020, was a cold morning in Alamance County. Several plants at Buster Sykes Farm were damaged by frost. The first I noticed was a blackberry blossom. They just have started blooming so the frost should not greatly affect fruit production.

blackberry blossom

blackberry blossom

Next is the oriental persimmon. It is a nice tree with beautiful fruit, but not very cold hardy in our area. I am not sure what effect the frost will have on the harvest.

oriental persimmon

oriental persimmon

The greatest damage is to the seedless bunch grapes. They were hammered by the frost and we will lose most of the crop. Hopefully, there will be some fruit but I won’t hold my breath.

bunch grape

bunch grape