During the winter, fruit trees can withstand very cold temperatures. As fruit trees develop in the spring and buds start to swell, they lose the ability to withstand cold winter temperatures.
Over the last few weeks, the Upstate has seen temperatures drop down in the 20’s, putting the fear in farmers across the state.
According to a press release from Clemson University, researchers are pleased to report that South Carolina peaches appear to have survived the recent cold snap, but growers shouldn’t let down their guard just yet.
“Based on what we’re seeing, there has been minimal damage in the Upstate and McBee area. We saw only spotted damage on the Ridge, mostly on early varieties. For other varieties, it has been more of a light thinning. A mature tree can have a full crop even with 10 percent of all the flowers at bloom. So we’re still optimistic, although, at the same time, cautious as we are not still free from freeze risks,” said Juan Carolos Melgar, a Clemson pomologist.