Some plants need a long sleep over winter in order to produce strong growth come spring. Dormancy is a natural part of a plant’s life cycle but how do you tell when it’s time for the plant to wake up? Taking a look at roots on shrubs or branch tests on trees can help identify plants that are still dormant versus plants that are not going to wake up and should be discarded. Daylight hours, temperature and even just the length of winter can determine a plant’s waking schedule. Don’t give up on a plant before it’s had its nap time.
- Dormancy in plants depends on a variety of factors; know your plants.
- It’s important to understand the type of plant and how they react to their surroundings.
- You can test a plant to see if it is dead or dormant before removing it from your garden.
“Even the most experienced gardeners have made the mistake of giving up on a plant that just needed a little extra rest.”