The frosts recorded in late March and early April in areas of Hungary, with temperatures reaching minus ten degrees Celsius in many cases, had an impact on plants, buds and flowers. Apricots and peaches were the most damaged, but other fruit species that were also flowering were hit, as well.
The Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council (FruitVeB) said that the situation is perhaps not as bad as it could have been, given that after the poor harvest last year, producers expected strong flowering and high flower density for most fruit species, thereby limiting the rate of crop loss.
However, according to them, it is likely that record yields or large yields can no longer be obtained (which would otherwise have been the case, hadn't it been for such frosts), although there is still hope for a normal, medium yield nationwide for most fruits, except for apricots or peaches.
According to FruitVeB, many apricot growers report about 70-90 percent flower damage, and total damage is very common, with about 80 percent flower damage nationwide. As for peaches, a significant number of flowers were also lost, with an estimated 60 to 90 percent of flower damage. Cherries and pears follow in the ranking, with flower damage rates of around 40 to 70 percent.