Scorching heat affects California fruit - The Packer

Scorching heat affects California fruit

07/02/2013 09:30:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Eggplant is among the vegetables that could be affected.

“It burns the flowers off the plants when it’s this hot,” Stone said July 1. “When it’s this hot you may have only a few hours to get it pollinated by a bee; when it’s cooler you might have a couple extra hours.”

That gap could appear in about 3 weeks.

“It has an effect on everything you harvest: vegetables, grapes, melons, stone fruit,” Torosian said. “Stuff that’s far out like pomegranates could develop a little sunburn. These hot temperatures are not good for anything.”

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