Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Foggy December morning. Trees are resting well.
What is winter dormancy?
It simply means trees stop growing, they "go dormant" for a period. This only happens to trees in colder climates. As a natural defense mechanism, trees avoid damage from the cold by shedding their leaves ("deciduous") and entering a rest period. No leaves, no photosynthesis.
In case of almond trees, root growth still happens during winter months, I believe. So it is important to irrigate the trees.