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#74445 December 4th, 2006 at 05:20 PM
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I know this'll sound crazy, but my apple tree has just dropped it's leaves ready for winter dormancy, but it also looks like it's about to bloom.

All the buds are silver coloured, and protruding quite far. (almost an inch) Does this sound like normal behaviour for a dormant apple tree?

It's a two year old standard. Not sure what rootstock it is, but it's a Katie fruit.

We have been having a very warm and wet November, and as there are loads of daffodils and crocus popping up through the soil, my bet is everything thinks it's spring.

Will winter kill everything off????

Many thanks.

#74446 December 5th, 2006 at 01:30 AM
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I wouldn't worry yet, cooler temperatures should come which will stop further development until late winter. Here is a link to a site with critical temperatures for fruit plants at different bud stages. The temperatures shown are in Fahrenheit.

#74447 December 5th, 2006 at 06:25 AM
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Hi,Im from England too, and have noticed the same with both my apple and pear tree.

#74448 December 5th, 2006 at 05:31 PM
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Let's hope it's not bad then, otherwise won't be having any fruit next year frown

#74449 December 6th, 2006 at 06:24 AM
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Hi Daniel,
What area of England are you from?

#74450 December 6th, 2006 at 05:07 PM
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Bicester, near Oxford. Weirdest winter I've ever known.

#74451 December 8th, 2006 at 02:42 AM
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Hello wavey I am from Doncaster, and at this moment I have a climbing rose in full bloom, plus two other bush roses in flower. My fruit trees are continuing to progress. Its so mild but very windy here.


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