Wolf Ridge

Is it Cold Enough for Minnesota’s Plants?


Posted By Wolf Ridge Naturalist
January 13, 2015

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Last week was the coldest of the year (alright, alright, it was the first week of the year). While some of us might not have enjoyed the frigid weather, it was actually crucial to many of the plants at Wolf Ridge. Cold temperatures help plants go through a process called vernalization, during which the flowers, and sometimes the seeds, must experience a long period of cold in order to bloom or germinate in spring. Native plants such as raspberries and the state flower, the lady slipper, require vernalization. So while we might view this cold weather as the bane of winter, we could take the plants’ point of view instead and see it as preparation for spring!

– Marie Fargo and Brent Burton

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