Ice Damaged Fruit Trees


Thursday 22 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

The problem with a cold snap, is that whilst it looks nice and wintry with snow in the mountains that surround the farm, should the temps drop below -2C (28F), the potential for damage to unpicked fruit is a serious issue, however, tree damage is rare. 

Our recent cold snap hit -5C (23F) on a few nights, which is almost unheard of. Fruit and trees alike have been damaged. You can see the young leaves on this 20 year old clementine tree look almost burned.




Orange trees are hardier in general, but young leaves are not.




Even the stronger, more established trees, such as this Pomelo had a bit of a serious burning too this year, but the lower branches seem to be less affected, so I reckon it’ll still flower come April 🙂




Whilst risk of damage to the trees varies depending on type, age, health condition, position etc, the young ones are the most vulnerable. Take for instance this three year old Bergamot tree that took a bit of a hammering; it should survive, just not likely to fruit this coming season as a result.




However, it has been the lemon trees that got the biggest clobbering. The fruit and leaves obliterated in 48 hours. Lemon trees are notorious for dry branches, where portions of branches will just die off and go dry for no apparent reason, other than to try and pee-off us farmers. They don’t grow in nice uniform shapes, unlike clementine, orange or tangerine, so having an unsightly mess of a lemon tree is no great shakes. Nothing to do now but wait and see if they survive. They are generally pretty tough old trees, so fingers crossed.




9 thoughts on “Ice Damaged Fruit Trees

  1. […] I posted recently, we had a short sharp cold cold snap where temperatures dropped to -5C (23F) on a few nights, […]


  2. […] weather plays havoc with fruit farming, but the worst affected tend to be lemons I have found. Their internal structure differs from other […]


  3. dayphoto says:

    Oh, Geez! 23* IS cold…I hope you warm back up and everything pulls through.


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  4. AnnetteM says:

    Oh your poor trees. That lemon tree looks so sad. Can you do anything with frozen lemons? Juice them? I do hope you get some fruit next year.


  5. joannesisco says:

    You farmers are always at the mercy of Mother Nature! I’ll have my fingers crossed for you that everything pops out better than you are expecting 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Yvonne says:

    I do hope you have lots of survivors

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