DENVER — If you can think back to the day before Wednesday's snow storm, you'll recall it was a toasty 78 degrees. For a few days, it started to feel like spring and many gardens along the Front Range started to respond to the warm weather.
Then, in one day, a 50 degree drop left a lot of gardeners in Denver worried for their flower beds, bushes, and trees. Their question - did the storm harm my plants?
The folks over at Denver Botanic Gardens have some answers.
Sonya Anderson has been a horticulturalist at the Denver Botanic Gardens for 12 years. 9NEWS caught up with her on Thursday afternoon.
9NEWS: How bad was Wednesday's snow storm?
Anderson: For the most part, I don’t think it was too bad. Even though we went down to below freezing temperatures, it’s still fine for the majority of things that we have outside in the garden. They can take this kind of weather.
Was the storm harmful for fragile plants like tulips and hyacinths?
Anderson: The tulips and the daffodils don’t mind it because they come from parts of the world where it’s cold and snowy. Actually, the moisture is good for them and the drop in temperature is good because that prolongs the bloom. If it’s hot they blow through the bloom fast.
What about blooms on trees?
Anderson: For the ones that already started to bloom, it’s going to shorten their bloom a little bit. But if the buds are still closed, then that protects the flower from the cold, so those will probably be fine.
Why are tree's blooms negatively affected when flowers are benefiting?
Anderson: If the flowers on trees were open, it's likely that the reproductive parts of the flower got burned in the cold. So we probably won’t get a whole lot of flowers or fruit this year from those. It’s fine for the tree, it doesn’t kill the tree, the tree is still fine, we just don’t get the bloom and you won’t get as much fruit if it's a fruit tree.
Any advice for gardeners who are still worried?
Anderson: Enjoy it! It's Colorado weather. The plants can handle it and so can we!
In the case of another big storm, concerned gardeners can e-mail their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for tips from local, knowledgeable volunteers.
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