>----- So you think temp and moisture interrelated in your aril
Definitely. The other factors that may have
an effect is day length and soil type.
>Have they ever gone
dormant when the temp did not exceed 90 degrees?
Yes. Sometimes if early
spring is dry, they will head into dormancy very soon after blooming. In
fact, I believe under those conditions that the earlier blooming plants will be
going dormant even as other arilbreds are still blooming. Dry conditions
seem to set them up for dormancy. When we have more rainfall, they are
slower to go dormant. Some years some don't go entirely dormant, other
years they do. Richer soil also seems to retard
>I've never quite gotten the hopper issue out of my head.
Me neither. Grasshoppers are constant source of
frustration. Lots of things work to an extent, but none really solve the
problem satisfactorily. It's my personal belief that things have gotten
out of balance hereabouts. But that's a reason, not a solution.
Somehow the natural controls for keeping the population in bounds is not
enough. The lantana isn't something they eat, but they will hide in
the lantana in great numbers. I have some shade cloth I could use,
but I'm saving that for seedlings that are still in pots that I want to plant in
a week or so. I'm not going to use the blender on lantana again. It
was not effective enough for the mess. I expect cedar (or juniper as the
case may be) would be similar.
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