Peaches Welcomed Winter Storm Jonas!
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Photo: Margo Breisch (Huggins) poses for her engagement photo on March 23, 2015, in one of her customer's peach fields when it was in full bloom. Peaches bloom for about two weeks around the end of March to the beginning of April (depending on the maturity - early, mid, or late).
As the Northeast and Atlantic Coast continue to recover from Blizzard 2016 (aka Winter Storm Jonas) this week, we caught up with Atlantic District Sales rep Margo Breisch (Huggins).
Since Margo works in South Carolina, most of her customers did not see the snow and ice impacts of this storm. Happily, the recent cooler temperatures in her area were a welcome event for peach growers.
“My peach growers actually needed the cold for their chill-hour requirements,” Margo explains. “Achieving this number helps the peaches bloom when they are supposed to and ensures a bumper crop year.”
The winter chilling requirement for peach trees is between 33 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Peach trees need chilling for a total number of hours (they don't need to be successive hours) at that temperature, ranging from 750 to 1,000 hours, depending on the variety.
If the season continues to go according to plan, we all will benefit with abundant, yummy peaches in late summer 2016!!