Cherry Cold Hardiness

Cold hardiness values have been updated with values from January 27, 2014.

For information regarding Grapevine Cold Hardiness measurements, please visit WSU Viticulture and Enology Real-Time Grapevine Cold Hardiness Monitoring page. Further information is also available to registered users of AgWeatherNet at Grape Cold Hardiness Model

The following table shows critical injury temperatures for cherry buds for Prosser (Roza). LT10 is the temperature at which 10% of the primary buds will be killed; LT50 and LT90 refer to 50% and 90% bud damage, respectively.

LocationDate SampledCultivar
LT10
LT50
LT90
Prosser (Roza)January 27, 2014Bing
4.5 °F
-4.4 °F
-13.4 °F
Chelan
2.4 °F
-3.8 °F
-10.7 °F
Sweetheart
8.7 °F
-1.3 °F
-13.2 °F
  • From dormancy to fruit set, the flower bud undergoes a number of developmental stages that are associated with a progressive increasing vulnerability to low temperatures.
  • Freeze tolerance was analyzed using differential thermal analysis, this technique is only effective for cherries at early stages of bud development.

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