Worried about my apple trees

Asked April 26, 2017, 11:55 AM EDT

I have four apple trees, and one is an early bloomer. The apple is at a tight cluster right now and last night we received some freezing rain. There are ice droplets hanging off my trees. Will this affect my apple production?

Crow Wing County Minnesota apples frost damage horticulture

1 Response

It is possible you will lose some of your crop on the early bloomer. The largest bloom in a cluster (called the "king bloom") is the furthest along and will form the largest apple. But it is also the most susceptible to frost damage. Read here about how to check for frost damage:
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/assessing_frost_and_freeze_damage_to_flowers_and_buds_of_fruit_trees