chinandega81 Posted January 12, 2021 Report Share Posted January 12, 2021 Obviously the calendar says March 21, but what criteria do you go by for it to "feel" like Spring has arrived in Florida or the subtropics? If we go by daily average highs, it's tough in South Florida. The coolest high is 76 so we would have to pick a higher number, say 80...but that would be a more summerlike temperatures vs. Springtime temps. We could go by day length or sun angle, and that to me makes it "feel" like Spring sometime in March, which coincides with the calendar date. We could also go by when things start to first bloom...my favorite....I notice Hong Kong orchard trees begin to bloom in December...but that feels too early. Mango trees start to bloom here in late December and are in full bloom in January....but that is more a product of the cold stress that prompts the blooming, as well as many different varieties with different bloom times throughout the season. If I had to go by plants alone, I would say maybe based on the leaf out of Tropical Almond trees (Terminalia catappa) or when the Starbust Clarodenrum blooms in late January/early February for South Florida? They seem to be the early pioneer bloomers, the first of the new year and usher in the many others that follow. Perhaps the flowering of the Tabebuias? I would like to hear what other types of indicators or plants people base their feeling off of other than just the equinox which at our latitude is quite different than it is "up north." 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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