Vernalization Basics

Learn about vernalization and why it’s necessary for flowering plants.

Roots, such as those of carrots that are being stored for replanting, are brushed clean of soil and trimmed of leafy growth, taking care not to damage the growing points. They are then layered in slightly moist sand or wood shavings to help maintain desired relative humidity levels. The short roots of ‘Paris Market’ carrots are not only well-suited to shallow soils, but they also require less space if being vernalized in storage.
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