Warm wet winter in the Orchard at Wisley - Jim Arbury

This is probably the warmest winter I have experienced (although this may change) and certainly the wettest. It has been quite pleasant pruning at Wisley (not wearing as many layers as usual at this time of year). However the implications of the weather are worrying. Everywhere seems to be wet which can cause root damage especially if the ground is flooded. I am also concerned about the lack of winter chill. Hardy plants including fruit plants need a period of winter chill before bud break and flowering. This is often 1000 hours or more between 0 and 7 C. Lack of winter chill can result in erratic flowering.


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