Last night the low temperature on our weather station said 21°F. Not much chance of the apricot blossoms making it through that, even with the covering of woven fabric I wrapped around the little tree.
As I unraveled the fabric I saw several browned blossoms. But with a closer look, I noticed that there were still lots of blossoms that hadn’t yet formed and several open blooms that looked fine. Cool beans!
So on the advice of one of our fellow bloggers, Geoff, The Biking Gardener, I thought I’d try hand-pollinating a few of the living blooms. He suggested using a small paint brush, which is what I did.
I’ve hand-pollinated tomatoes and squash with good success, but never thought to try it on my fruit trees. This is a young tree, and I haven’t had any fruits form yet, so it’s exciting to think that maybe we’ll have a couple of home-grown apricots this season. If the weather cooperates.
I was also a little concerned for the baby onion plants that I’ve cared for since January, but no worries. Tough little buggers. The peas are just barely poking through, so no noticeable damage there either.
But there’s still a few weeks for Ma Nature to screw all that for me up yet.