Monday, May 12, 2014
Flowering after a late Spring frost
Today, I took a ride in our hydraulic lift to check for Greenriver pistillate flower production. The photo below is a common example of what I found. The tips of last year's growth were largely barren except for the remains of frost damaged buds. Buds at the base of last-year's-wood produced both new catkins (red arrow) and a strong vegetative shoots. On the end of many of these vegetative shoots I found pistillate flowers (inside red circle). So it looks like we are still going to have a decent pecan crop despite the April 15th freeze.
I am convinced that our regular, twice-per-year, fertilizer program is largely responsible for our trees having the energy to produce pistillate flowers on shoots developing from basal buds.