The month of February has just begun, and many almond trees are already in bloom. It’s a nice photo, but it’s unusual. A field full of blossoming almond trees would be a beautiful postcard if it were spring now. The problem is that we are still in the winter.
“These trees should have sprouted in the month of February, finally… and now look what they are,” said Jesús Alberto Gómez, a farmer from ASAJA Toledo, pointing to some trees of almonds with a strong white color. crown
The high temperatures of these last few weeks at the end of January caused a month of flowering. “With so much heat, it burst like a spring.” And the fact that the almond tree sprouted soon worried the farmers because the cold and frosts that are yet to come would damage the crop.
“We are in winter; we think there will be another cold season. The flower is so tender that when a little frost comes, it will take all the fruit.”. We will definitely lose all these flowers; we will lose the harvest,” he lamented.
This is not the first time this has happened. Every year, the early, older varieties of the almond tree risk being left behind because the flower is very sensitive to cold. And that has an impact on the production and price of almonds. Currently, almonds are paid for at around €4 per kg.
To try to alleviate this situation, many farmers choose to plant late varieties, which do not bloom until spring. “In March or April, there is always a day when the ice can come, but it comes a little. This resistance to the ice helps the fruit produce better,” explained Miguel Santos, a farmer.
The almond trees he planted would not bear fruit for four years. For now, let’s wait and see what happens to the almond trees that have already blossomed. Although it seems like spring, the truth is that there is still a lot of winter ahead.