Will our record wet March impact the gardening season?

LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) – We hear all the time that April showers bring May flowers. But do March showers do the same?

It’s a valid question after Green Bay received over six inches of precipitation in March, which is an all-time high.

Even though all of these spring flowers and plants are currently in greenhouses, the weather outside still has an impact on them. It’s a busy time of year for florists who are scrambling to get everything planted in their greenhouses right now.

“This week and the next two weeks are our busiest three weeks for planting,” said Craig Robinson, director of Robinson Florist & Greenhouses at Kimberly.

Lots of rain outside is bad news for Robinson plants and flowers. When it’s raining or snowing outside, it usually means it’s cloudy. He cannot water his plants and flowers in the greenhouse when it is cloudy because the sun is not there to quickly evaporate the moisture from the plants. Excess moisture can damage plants and flowers.

“With the humidity here, you’re going to get fungal diseases on the leaves if they’re wet for too long, but sunny days are going to dry out the leaves right away,” Robinson said.

At Reynebeau Floral in Little Chute, owner Steve Reynebeau is busy preparing his greenhouse for the months ahead when people start buying their outdoor plants. He says he sees fewer plant buyers early in the season when the weather isn’t good outside.

“Cool, dark, wet and windy weather has an effect on plants and people and makes you want to cocoon yourself and wait for spring,” Reynebeau said.

Late April and early May is when flower buyers really start to pick up.

The good news is that a wet March doesn’t have much of an impact on whether the planting season in May and June will be good or not. A few beautiful sunny days in April can compensate for the gloom of March.

“The second half of April we might start to feel a bit more spring-like, but until then it will stay cooler with more rain and potentially some snow,” said Local Five News meteorologist Chad Roethlisberger. .

Both Robinson and Reynebeau said gardeners should be patient and not start planting until at least mid-May.

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