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2009 Plant Delights Nursery March Newsletter
Happy first day of spring! I know many parts of the country are still covered in snow, but at least the calendar now makes it official. It's been a roller coaster late winter as we opened for our Winter Open House to 70 degrees F, followed the next day by 36 hours of rain, then 2" of snow, then consecutive lows of 16 and 15 degrees F...then back to 70 degrees F. How would you like to be a plant? Unlike humans, who can go inside on bad weather days, our plants are stuck to fend for themselves...pretty impressive, if you think about it. On the good side, this has been the first winter in six years we've gotten meaningful hardiness data on many of our trial plants...especially agaves. Damage on agaves may take more than a month to show up after the plant has been affected by cold, so don't get too excited when your plant looks great the morning after. Conversely, don't fret over the older leaves turning black, as this is normal. The older leaves on an agave lose winter hardiness, while