Peach growers prepare blossoms for Tet

VietNamNet Bridge – Le Dinh Hong, of An Duong District in the northern Hai Phong City, is taking care of peach trees in his garden in Dang Cuong Village. There are about three weeks left before Tet (Lunar New Year). The village is one of the country’s best-known peach growers. At present, the village has thousands of old peach trees to meet the demand of people who want to purchase a peach tree with blooming blossoms during Tet, the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported. Traditionally, the Tet holidays are the days of relaxation, family reunion, happiness and joy. Just as many people in the West buy pine trees for the Christmas holiday, Vietnamese often buy many types of flowers and plants to decorate their house in the special period. The three plants that cannot be missing during the Tet holidays are peach blossoms, apricot (ochna itegerrima) blossoms and kumquat. Peach blossoms and kumquat trees are common in the north while southern people prefer apricot blossoms for Tet. Hong said growing peach trees could be risky. “It’s like a gamble”. Taking care of peach trees was not too hard, but ensuring peach trees’ blossoms bloomed at the right time, right at Tet, was hard because it depended much on climate, he said. Climate conditions were the key factor to determine when the peach trees’ blossoms bloom and whether they are beautiful or ugly, he added. According to Hong and other peach tree growers in the village, the climate this year was… [Read full story]

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