To cover or not to cover fruit trees??

We are expecting a mild frost on a couple of days next week (-1).  Should I fleece cover my fruit blossom on my pleached trees?  TIA
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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,797
    I asked the same about my cherry blossom,  haven't had an answer yet.
  • Google was pretty hopeless on the topic.    Lost all my pears last year to Beast of the East, don't want to lose them to novice gardeners' Test from the West.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,797
    Decided as it's going to be so cold put fleece around the cherry, as it is small was an easy job to do.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,483
    If you have the fleece and the ability, Yes. It will need to come off in the day so the bees can pollinate.  My apples are starting to bud and the plum is in full flower. If there is a frost, I expect to lose the crop. Such is the problem with a mild winter and an early warm spring.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,797
    My plum is in full flower too, but is too big to fleece so will have to take its chances. Yes I will be in and out all week taking it on and off as its supposed to be cold until Friday.🙄
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,739
    edited 31 March
    I used to run in and out with fleece, casting it around like lady bountiful at night and hauling it in the following morning like some demented fisherman.

    Eventually, after a couple of years, I worked out that I was wasting my time.

    For a start, you have to tie it on. One breath of wind in the night and you have (a) no frost protection and (b), more annoyingly, probably pulled quite a few flower buds off.

    If it rains instead of freezing, or worse freezes and sticks on after rain, the fleece turns into a sodden mass of gunk and, again, involves damage to the flowers in the degunking procedure.

    Even if it doesn’t rain or freeze you still have to untie the thing and remove it during the day.

    No, just pray.It’s cheaper and less stressful.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • I have covered my plum and pear.  I didn't realise that I would have to remove again for the bees.  Oh flip!
  • Lol, got your post pf a little too late.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,797
    edited 31 March
    It's done now, too dark to find my way to the tree now.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,739
    😊
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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