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‘Redhaven’ peaches (Prunus persica L. Batsch) were sprinkled from the end of rest, January 22, 1975, until the time check trees reached full bloom, April 18, 1975. Sprinkling delayed bloom by 15 days. Energy models predicted bloom one day before it occurred in the check trees. Wood temperatures were lowered as much as 6.5°C in sprinkled trees, but no significant difference in wood cold hardiness was observed. Sprinkled fruit buds were more cold hardy than non-sprinkled fruit buds until early March. Non-sprinkled buds were more cold hardy than sprinkled fruit buds in late March. Sprinkling reduced the number of viable buds/m by late March. Analyses of total and reducing sugars and protein showed no significant difference.

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