The last couple of weeks we had unusually warm weather in the Northeast -- several days had record warm temperatures. My pair of (two-year-old, 8' high) peach trees have buds earlier than usual. If it matters, the varieties are Reliance and Red Haven, both selected for hardiness.
The warm streak is ending abruptly: it will be 12°F on Monday night.
- Is this warm/cold transition going to prevent me from getting fruit this year?
- Is there anything I can do to protect them from the cold? I'm thinking about covering them, but two nights below 20°F and a day with a high of 32°F seems like a long time for a tarp to keep the chill off.