Posted on : February 20th, 2021
Almond blossoms come from the deciduous tree in the rose family known as Prunus dulcis. They are relatives of the apricot, cherry, peach and plum families.
Our trees will keep producing blossoms until about mid-end of March depending on the year’s weather. For a while, our orchards have the appearance of snow from all the fallen petals. It’s a short window for these blooms, so be sure to take a second to appreciate them as you drive or walk by. They’ll be gone before you know it.
These almonds buds actually may have started to form as early as the previous summer and are now making their grand appearance. The buds had to go through a period of cold weather which is a crucial part to the blooming process. If it’s too cold they are extremely susceptible and this can cause damage to the flowers. We have to keep an eye out for them, even now.
Once the flowers have bloomed, the trees need to be pollinated by our lovely bees. We wrote about the importance of bees in a recent post. If you’d like to check out the article, click here. You may notice those white boxes scattered around the orchards now: those are our little helpers working harder than ever to feed themselves AND create our almonds! Since almond blossoms are one of the first blooms of the season, its the first taste of sweet sweet nectar a lot of bees get after a winter of hibernation. They re-fuel from the nutrition and store some more of it away to feed on in the the spring and summer months.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, there is never a dull moment in the almond farming business. Stay tuned for more updates as we walk you through one year in the life of an almond until next harvest.
Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top-quality nut products. We embrace earth-friendly practices that start on our family-owned and operated orchards. We use organic farming practices and continue in the process by using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs. We believe in honest, friendly and helpful customer relations at all levels. We take pride in every task, every day, with every person.