Late snowfall impacts early spring blooms

Published: Mar. 21, 2018 at 6:56 PM EDT
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The sounds of spring are in the air, but you have to look hard to see the signs.

Plants that are usually soaking up the spring time rays are covered by heavy wet snow. That weight can impact those new buds.

"It's more the weight of the heavy snow causing breakage of limbs on trees or our spring bulbs that are starting to bloom the weight of that snow holding those down," said Stephanie Huckestein, the Hahn Horticulture Garden Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Some plants in the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech fell victim to the weather.

Rapid temperature changes can impact growth also. The warmth from last month that triggered growth has now turned into bitter cold.

"When we get those very cold temperatures are mainly what causes the damage. Sometimes it causes damage to that fresh tissue of the flowers or leaf tissue that are coming out some plants will recover from that very easily. Some it causes more damage to them," Huckestein said.

There are advantages of all this snow too. The moisture is soaking into the ground could make for a good growing season in the long run.

Experts at VT say this could help out for the lack of rain we had last year.