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Climate change, more heat, shorter storage of fruit
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John S
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May 21, 2022 - 4:13 pm

With our ever-increasing heat units, I have noticed that my storage apples aren't storing as well as they used to.

My #1 storage apple, Gold Rush, isn't lasting nearly as long as it used to .  The tree is the same size, and produces the same number of apples.  I had years when they would store, after picking, in unheated storage for one entire calendar year, from November to November of the next year. Now, they might last through June, or maybe not. 

Apples are my #1 storage fruit, as I think they are for most people, at least when you don't do anything to them like freezing, drying, salting, fermenting, etc.  My other apples aren't even doing that well. 

I always look for a potential positive side.  I think we are getting a longer growing season, and some plants that might not have endured our lowest cold snaps might survive better.  We may get better winter vegetables, particularly green leafies.  My goal was to make the fruit last until June, when we start getting more fruit from the new year.  I think I have achieved that.  I may get more nutrition in my compost with so many apples rotting earlier.

Has anyone else noticed a change in how long their apples store?

Thanks,
John S
PDX OR

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Larry_G
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May 22, 2022 - 12:08 pm

Are you considering both:

1) The outdoor weather growing conditions up to harvest

2) The storage conditions, is your storage area well-isolated from outdoor weather?

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John S
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May 22, 2022 - 6:33 pm

A)I wasn't thinking too much about the weather up until harvest.  Once they're harvested, they have many months of storage. They seemed to be in about the same shape.

II) My storage shed is exactly the same from year to year. It is enclosed.

I don't think there are many differing variables except the heat units.  I asked because it is just one data point. I have seen the research about how much better they store at 33 F than at hotter temps.  I wanted to see what other people were getting with their storage fruits.

John S
PDX OR

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