April 2020

This year it appears that the buds will all bloom, set, and develop at the same time period. Whew! That is a very good beginning as we don’t want to see half the orchard bloom first —again. Last year, 2019, our orchard experienced untimely blooming, which means a severe drop in temperature happened as blooming began, causing some blooms to come out, but the disruption in weather resulted in about a week or two to pass before further blooming occurred. When this happens, the pears do not reach readiness for harvest all together, and a second picking, a few weeks later, means a lower price for later pears as well as a second picking needed at harvest.