A stretch of unseasonably mild weather has some B.C. apple growers anxious about trees that are growing too fast.
The apple blossom may come as soon as the third week of April, about three weeks ahead of normal.
When the pink and white flowers are visible throughout orchards, that’s when the trees are most vulnerable to frost.
Fred Steele, president of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association, says he’s nervous because it’s not uncommon in the central Okanagan to get severe frosts in early May.
A late frost during or immediately after blossom can result in fruit that’s stunted and misshapen, considerably reducing its market value.