Waste Not

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Stressed Out Plants

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Did you think humans were the only ones feeling stressed out? Well, turns out plants are too.  While I calm my nerves with a nice cold pint, plants deal with stress quite differently.

The flowering of many plant species is regulated by environmental factors such as light exposure and temperature. As these conditions change, some plants may experience stress-induced flowering. This year the Lilacs at the gardens are experiencing stress-induced flowering due to the string of very dry LA winters.

A friend and fellow garden employee puts it this way, “Plant’s are smart. If the plant believes it’s in danger of dying it will do everything it can to reproduce.”

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Picture 236  Though beautiful, these flowers are a clear sign of stress.

♥ ali



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