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Re: Freezing weather

Margaret--not to worry.  At this stage it is unlikely that the bloom
stalks, still in embryonic form deep in the fans, would have been damaged.
When even hardy plants freeze, they wilt because the water in their cells
turns to ice and is not available to provide the turgor pressure that holds
plants up.  Tulips, etc., will be flat on the ground after a hard freeze
but soon recover and stand up again (unless it was a REALLY hard freeze).
While you may find a little permanent leaf damage, bloom probably won't be
affected and in a few weeks everything will be normal.

What were the low temperatures you experienced?

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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