Whether we realize it or not, most of us in Warsaw, IN & Syracuse, IN have an impression of what it means when landscaping plants do dormant. The beautiful autumn leaves are part of the process of trees shutting down. And , the buds and greens of spring are the end of the process. The bare branches in between, during the winter, illustrates dormancy.
Q: Why do leaves turn color on trees in the fall?
A: The leaves change colors in Warsaw, IN because sugars and chlorophyll are laving them to conserve and store energy when it’s at a premium: winter. Then the leaves fall from the trees for the winter in Warsaw, IN and Syracuse, IN landscapes.
This dormancy is a state of metabolic inactivity for the landscaping plants and trees in the Warsaw area. That’s why we don’t say that annual plants go dormant, they simply just die and don’t grow back next year. Perennial Plants in Warsaw, IN do not actually die in the winter months. They more or less hibernate for the winter, living on the sugar reserves they compile during the rest of the year.
While most of us in Warsaw, IN think of winter as being cold, there is another characteristic that is very relevant. The further away from the equator you are, the shorter the days become in the winter. Shorter days mean less sunlight and photosynthesis and less plant food.
Even if trees in your landscaping in Warsaw, IN were active in the winter, the water moving through the tree would freeze due to our severe winter temperatures.