Well, here we go with the rollercoaster of temperatures in central and south central Florida. So what is going on with the peach trees right now?
Don’t worry! The peach trees are headed into dormancy, and although the buds have the possibility of suffering a minor amount of damage (<10%), we don’t anticipate any major issues with flower bud damage. There is NO need to turn on irrigation for frost protection tonight and it is expected to warm slightly tomorrow night, so no frost protection for the next night as well.
The UF Stone Fruit Research/Extension team has a new project in cooperation with Georgia (UGA) for both blueberries and peaches and we will be tracking bud damage as a result of the expected freeze event tonight at our research plots in Citra, FL. We be looking at flower buds in TropicBeauty peach and Emerald and Jewel blueberry varieties. When we have the information, we will be posting it here on the blog, as well as on our website, http://hos.ufl.edu/extension/stonefruit.
Freeze Watch/Warning Information:
For a list of current freeze warnings and watches: http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/fl.php?x=1.