Apple Hill Growers Welcome More Frigid Temperatures

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 16, 2013

Maryann Argyres owns Argyres Orchard a ranch in Apple Hill where you can pick your own apples.

"I grow Golden Delicious and Red Romes," says Argyres.

Citrus growers in parts of California's Central Valley are still assessing the full damage of last week's cold temperatures on their mandarin and navel orange crops. But Argyres says apple growers like her want lots of chilly weather after the fruit is harvested and the trees are bare.

"A minimum of 900 to 1,200 hours of very cold weather," says Argyes. "There are different varieties of apples that can withstand even colder temperatures, but of course in the Apple Hill area they've chosen apple trees that love the weather that we have at this elevation."

Argyres says apple trees don't love cold weather in the springtime after they've bloomed. And she says while next year's crop has gotten off to a good start with the cold temperatures, it could go downhill if we don't start getting any rain soon.


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