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Winter in the Native Plant Garden
Posted on November 28, 2011
by Alicia Funk

Winter in the Native Plant Garden - The Living Wild Project
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California native plants start a new growth cycle with the first soaking rain of fall. Leaf and flower buds form, roots proliferate and wildflower seeds germinate. Fall is actually “spring” for our native plants and winter is a time for quiet growth culminating in a burst of flowers and seeds in spring. Summer and early fall is typically the dormant time, though individual plants follow their own time-table, adding to the charm of growing native plants.

A garden’s elevation and its microclimates make a difference in the temperature, snow and frost that plants are exposed to. Most natives tolerate being covered with snow which acts as a blanket, but frozen soil and frozen roots can create problems. Fortunately, deeply frozen soil is not a problem in our Mediterranean climate, while nature provides enough chill for those plants that need a period of cold and for seeds that require cold stratification in order to germinate...
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