Advantages of winter blooming

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  1. gardenercat

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    My witch hazel blooms on cue every January. I have often wondered what advantages there are for plants to flower in the winter. Does anyone have a botanical explanation?
     
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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    The main advantage is lack of competition for pollinators. If you're the only blossom around, you'll probably be pretty popular.
     
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    Thanks, that makes sense. I guess I'm still adjusting to Vancouver gardening after 50 years in Winnipeg.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    And (perhaps more importantly) fewer leaves around to trap pollen, so more of it goes where it is needed.
     
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    This thread wouldn't be complete without a look at an important advantage of being a winter pollinator: fewer predators and no insect-eating specialists such as swallows and flycatchers -- these birds can't afford to be around on those exceptionally cold days when all insects are inactive.


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