Winter’s Embrace – Ambrosia Apples in the Orchard

Ambrosia apples and winterWhen the air gets chilly and the days get shorter, orchards transform, marking the onset of winter. In this seasonal journey, Ambrosia apples face the ups and downs of the cold months. Come along as we delve into what happens to Ambrosia apples during the winter in the orchard.

Chillin’ Out:

Winter is a big deal for Ambrosia apple trees – they enter a dormancy period. As the temperature drops, these trees take a break, saving energy and focusing on themselves, and these deciduous trees drop their leaves. This chill time is vital for the tree’s survival, allowing it to recharge and gear up for the next growing season.

Cold Hours:

Like many fruit trees, Ambrosia apple trees need some cold hours in winter for their buds to develop correctly. Cold hours are the total hours the tree spends in temperatures between 32°F (0°C) and 45°F (7°C). This chilling requirement is crucial for breaking dormancy and kicking off the blossoming process in spring. 

Snow Blanket and Moisture:

The orchard often gets a snowy cover in winter, acting as a natural insulation layer. Snow cover acts like a shield, keeping the roots of Ambrosia apple trees safe from extreme temperatures and preventing them from freezing. Plus, as the snow melts, it slowly releases moisture, adding to the orchard’s water supply and helping the trees through the winter.

Trimming and Orchard TLC:

Winter is the perfect time for orchardists to do some pruning and general upkeep. Pruning helps shape the trees, eliminating dead or damaged branches and encouraging new growth. This routine boosts the overall health and productivity of Ambrosia apple trees, gearing up for a fruitful harvest in the upcoming season.

While winter might seem like a quiet time in the orchard, it’s actually a crucial prep period for Ambrosia apple trees. Dormancy, cold hours, snow cover, and pruning are vital in keeping these beloved apples healthy. So, as we take in the winter view, let’s appreciate the intricate balance between nature and orchardists that sets the stage for the sweet and crispy Ambrosia apples to grow once again.

Curious to learn more? We stopped by Bob Thompson’s orchard in Summerland, BC, one winter to find out what Ambrosia apple growers are up to during the winter months. Watch the video here: CLICK HERE

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