Meyer le­mon with shel­ter trees

NZ Lifestyle Block - - In The Orchard -

The photo at right shows a -5°C frost in Au­gust less than 1km from the sea in the South Is­land. But with help, these Meyer lemons and lemon­ade trees sur­vived and are now fruit­ing af­ter a few years of growth. This is in an area known for its high rain­fall and they’re not too far from the glaciers and ice­fields of the South­ern Alps ei­ther.

Take a close look and you’ll see that my Meyer le­mon is planted up against taller shel­ter trees ( Fuch­sia ex­cor­ti­cata, Pit­tospo­rum cras­si­folium) which al­most over­hang it and sur­round it with shel­ter from the chilly southerly. The deep green fo­liage un­der the trees is al­most frost­free, while there is white frost on the open pad­dock in front.

In con­trast, the peach tree (at left) is quite happy with this level of chill and is even bud­ding as it thinks it’s spring and time for a peach. Frost is re­ally good for pip and stone fruit. Late frosts are bad for del­i­cate blos­soms like al­monds, wal­nuts, grapes and apri­cots, nip­ping the buds and re­duc­ing the fruit set. These trees love a win­ter frost but they like a def­i­nite end to win­ter too, fol­lowed by a mild spring and hot sum­mer.

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