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Warm winter temperatures

Posted by prhart western NC (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 7, 12 at 9:34

Does anyone have thoughts about the effects of elevated winter temperatures on flowering of native plants. Here in western NC we had much higher temperatures than usual during the January-March period and I have noticed that there are fewer blooms on a number of species and Trillium luteum, of which I have an exceptionally vigorous variety, simply failed to come up.(there is no sign of vole activity or any disease problems.) I realize that there can be variation from year to year but this seems unusual.

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RE: Warm winter temperatures

Actually, I was thinking about that last week when I was looking at the bloodroot plants. I know plants need the cold but our warmer then normal winter had some plants really confuse. Only five of my trout lilies came up there was a lot more last year. And of that only one bloomed but I got a bloom.

RE: Warm winter temperatures

I am located in the NC Piedmont, and I thought the blooms were the best ever, even if a week or so earlier than usual. I had some plants come up that I had not seen in years! (We finally had some rain the last two summers, but August was very hot and dry.)

I noticed that a sarvis berry is just now beginning to show leaf growth; the silverbell next to it has already flowered and leafed out. Maybe it is confusion in the plant world?

Voles can destroy so much. I had a natural stand of pink lady slippers, probably 60 or so, that they took out in one season. Luckily, I still have a few left on another part of the property.

Hope your plants will return next year.

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