Vernal equinox

sprouts

Here in the northern hemisphere, spring has officially sprung! And so have my chamomile sprouts. Today, the Earth’s axis tilts neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in equal parts day and night across the globe. In my biology class I’m learning about photoperiodismthe physiological response of an organism to changes in the photoperiod. The photoperiod is the relative length of day (light) and night (dark) periods in a 24-hour cycle. Flowering plants like chamomile use a photoreceptor protein to sense these changes and signal the buds to bloom. Some plants require longer night periods to bloom, while others require shorter night periods. My chamomile plants will open their potent flowers when the days are long and the nights are short. Well, first they have to survive the nursery period. Here’s hoping I can prove to be a proficient caregiver!

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4 Responses to Vernal equinox

  1. Glenda Yu April 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    You haven’t posted in such a long time. Are you safe and happy? I would love to read more when you’re ready to write.

    • Colleen April 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      Hi Glenda! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and your concern. I am well, happy, and healthy. My deep apologies for my recent blog absence, I’ve just been very busy with travel and work. I do think about my readers quite a bit whenever I break from posting to tend to life matters. But I love sharing my experiences and I have a backlog of many posts in the works so stay tuned!

  2. chris February 19, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    Thanks for the chamomile info. I am bought to grow a bunch of chamomile hydroponically as an experiment. It should be fun.

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