Did you know?
Most years we are faced with several Spring frosts that would kill our strawberry blooms. We use irrigation to try to protect as many blooms as possible when a frost is predicted. The protection comes from the freezing process of the water on the plants. When water changes state from a liquid to a solid, heat is released. It’s this small amount of heat that can keep the plant temperature closer to 32 degrees instead of colder bloom killing temperatures.
While not perfect, irrigation remains the most effective way to protect the tender strawberry blooms from cold frosts in the spring.
As nerve racking as these cold spells are, they often lead to some beautiful scenes in the early morning sunshine that usually follows the long nights of frost protecting the berry blooms.