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Val Venosta’s apple trees in blossom
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The natural spectacle in the apple valley – your questions, our answers!

The apple trees no longer wear brown, but white and pink, a fine scent fills the air and the birds chirp between the branches – Val Venosta’s apple blossom can be so idyllic. But some passersby start wondering. Where can I take the best snapshot of this magnificent bloom? Why is there a layer of ice on the apple blossoms? And do all these blossoms become apples? Here are the answers to your questions!

Apple blossom in Val Venosta: When does it start?

The day in April when the first buds open is different every year. Apple producers can nevertheless estimate the start of the apple blossom. They don’t have to be prophets for that, just good observers: If the winter months are cold and dry, the apple blossom starts a bit later; if they are mild and wet, it tends to start earlier. Especially warm temperatures in spring make flowers sprout.

Where can I marvel at apple trees in blossom?

The answer is simple: everywhere! Year after year, the apple blossom in Val Venosta transforms the whole valley into a sea of colors and scents. You can, for example, enjoy a clear view of this wonderful natural spectacle from the irrigation channel paths. Irrigation channels were once used to irrigate the apple orchards in the valley with water from the glaciers. They thus are a nostalgic memory of agriculture in the past.
Is it true that…
…many tourists intentionally choose this period for their holiday to see the apple blossom?
Is it true that…
Yes! And that’s no wonder. The charm of South Tyrol’s apple blossom is well known beyond the border. Val Venosta is a particularly popular spring destination as it enchants with its white and pink flowers every year. Sun-seeking visitors then walk through the apple orchards and indulge in the sweet scent. Many guests will again come for the 2022 apple blossom and are looking forward to the most flowery time of the year – just as we do!

Why does ice protect the apple blossoms?

If you are an early bird, you might already have seen them: delicate apple blossoms covered with a sparkling layer of ice. What happened? Were they affected by frost? Quite the contrary: The ice is the result of frost irrigation that protects the fragile apple blossoms from the cold. In cold nights, water freezes to ice and warmth forms below. Apple blossoms wrapped in ice are protected and can become delicious fruits!

How many flowers become apples?

You can never say that for sure because various factors play a role. A favorite climate with a wet winter and a sunny spring or fertilizers result in more apples. Frost during blossom time or diseases reduce the yield. Finally, harvest success also depends on the diligence of bees and other pollinators and this is why these useful insects are consequently protected in Val Venosta. Because teamwork always pays off!


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