Now that the temperatures have warmed up I know lots of folks have started planting, myself included. I found a very interesting article for the plant lovers out there. Some recent research conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that pre-stressed plants bounce back more quickly the next time they face a precipitation deficiency. The team of researchers compared the reaction of mustard plant that had had been pre-stressed and one that had not. They found that the trained plants, those that had experienced drought, induce certain genes to higher levels, thus allowing the plant to cope with recurring stress. This research also supports what nursery professionals tell us about transplanting and drought hardening. Apparently before you transplant its better not to water the plant being transplanted so it will become drought hardened before the big move. To see the news article from Science Daily click here.
(Image: The included map is the latest Drought Monitor for the state. The far eastern part of our viewing area remains in an abnormally dry category. Extreme and Exceptional droughts are noted in the southeast part of the state.)
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