Warm December causes plants to bloom early

Daffodils grow in a Russel Square garden as people enjoy the sunshine on a bench in London, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. The UK could be set for the warmest December in almost 70 years as temperatures of 16C, 60F, around 10C above the average for this time of year, left Britons sweltering. The weather has been so mild that daffodils have been begun flowering as far north as Chester and Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WBTW) – This month may go down as the warmest December on record.

“We’ve had very wet weather and very warm weather,” stated Horticulturalist Katherine Rowe.

She says it’s causing some confusion amongst plant species.

“They’re kind of tricked into thinking it’s spring these last few weeks,” she explained.

According to Rowe, some plants at Brookgreen Gardens are blooming early. In addition, plants that are normally dormant during the winter months are growing.

“There are camellias behind me those typically bloom later in winter,” said Rowe. “Usually we don’t have things like begonia still blooming, but we so do, so we’re sort of enjoying an overlap right now.”

However, Rowe says a sudden drop in temperature could be dangerous to new buds and certain types of trees.

“Maple trees and other trees that absorb sap. If we do get prolonged cold periods than that sap might be effected. You might notice later on cracking and splitting. It will effect tree health if that does happen,” Rowe explains.

Rowe recommends homeowners put down an extra layer of mulch around their plants and trees to help protect them from frost.

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