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Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner.

Last week’s sudden cold front caught many of us off guard. That sudden cold temperature, along with lots of wind also caught many of our plants off guard. As the weather affects humans, it can also affect plants. The cold front had me wondering if many people realized just how much the weather affects plants.

The affects the weather has on plants can vary widely. Sudden changes in environmental conditions can affect plants in good or bad ways. Weather factors that can influence a plants growth, health or production can include day and night temperatures, exposure to sunlight, water drainage, elevation and proximity to rock structures that collect thermal heat.

Seed germination can easily be disrupted by weather conditions. There are a number of factors that go into seed germination: temperature, air, light and amount of moisture. The germination process increases with higher temperatures, up to a point. Depending on the variety of seeds, the germination process will then begin to decline once the seeds reach that optimum temperature.

All living things need water, but too much rain can cause problems for plants. A flooded garden can be a bad thing. Too much sun and times of drought can cause problems just as a flood could.

Whether it’s the extreme heat or the extreme cold, either of these weather conditions can affect the growth of certain plants. This is one reason why gardeners should know the suitable weather conditions for the plants we choose. Know what zone each plant is compatible for in your area.

Where Mother Nature is concerned, even for the most experienced of gardeners, we just can’t control what she decides to bring. But when it comes to gardening, we are always given another chance.

Until next time, let’s try to garden with nature’ not against it’ and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to laurie@vicad.com or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.

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