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Fruit Blossom on the Nationwide Fruit Assortment, Brogdale, Kent


Fruit Blossom on the Nationwide Fruit Assortment, Brogdale, Kent

Josephine de Malines

21 April 2020

The nice and cozy climate over the previous couple of weeks has made walks by way of the orchards very pleasant and it has inspired flowering every week to 10 days sooner than in 2021.  Nonetheless, the extent of flowering this 12 months seems patchy throughout the orchards, with gentle flowering notably noticeable within the pears and early apples. 

Of the varieties on my pear recording checklist, round 70% have gentle/very gentle/too few flowers to document.  Various components may very well be at play right here and it might be that these varieties cropped closely final 12 months and are in a ‘resting’ section this 12 months, though most of the pears have been affected by the late frosts in 2021 so this is probably not the case.  One other issue could also be low nutrient ranges, so we are going to give them a very good foliar feed to be on the protected facet.

The blossom in different orchards on the NFC has fared higher, with most plum and cherry varieties famous as ‘medium’ flowering.  All being effectively, a very good crop will be anticipated in each these Collections this 12 months, which will probably be very welcome after the sunshine crop they produced in 2021.

Lorinda Jewsbury

2022

PLUM

Cambridge Gage:  31st March (10% open); 3rd April (full flower); 17th April (90% petal fall)

Czar:  28th March (10% open); 31st March (full flower); 14th April (90% petal fall)

Denniston’s Very good (Imperial Gage):  24th March (10% open); 26th March (full flower); 10th April (90% petal fall)

Farleigh Damson:  29th March (10% open); 31st March (full flower); 17th April (90% petal fall)

Marjorie’s Seedling:   7th April (10% open); 10th April (full flower);

Oullins Gage:   30th March (10% open); 1st April (full flower);

Pershore Yellow Egg:   27th March (10% open); 30th March (full flower); 14th April (90% petal fall)

Victoria:   30th March (10% open); 31st March (full flower); 14th April (90% petal fall)

PEAR

Concorde:  12th April (10% open); 14th April (full flower);

Convention:   12th April (10% open); 14th April (full flower);

Doyenne du Comice:  12th April (10% open); 14th April (full flower);

Louise Bonne of Jersey:  4th April (10% open); 6th April (full flower); 19th April (90% petal fall)

CHERRY

Early Rivers:  12th April (10% open); 15th April (full flower);

Hertford: 17th April (10% open); 19th April (full flower);

Lapins:  13th April (10% open); 15th April (full flower);

Service provider: 16th April (10% open); 18th April (full flower);

Stella: 16th April (10% open); 18th April (full flower);

Sunburst: 16th April (10% open); 18th April (full flower);

APPLE

Blenheim Orange:

Bramley’s Seedling: 18th April (10% open);

Cox’s Orange Pippin:

Crawley Magnificence:

Discovery:

Egremont Russet: 14th April (10% open); 18th April (full flower);

Falstaff: 16th April (10% open); 19th April (full flower);

Feuillemorte:

Fiesta/Purple Pippin: 19th April (10% open);

Gala:

James Grieve: 16th April (10% open); 19th April (full flower);

Jonagold: 18th April (10% open);

Meridian: 15th April (10% open); 18th April (full flower);

Purple Astrachan: 5th April (10% open); 8th April (full flower);

St. Edmund’s Pippin: 13th April (10% open); 15th April (full flower);

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