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canada goose clearance “Roots, stems and leaves are repaired and grown each year,” Boyer says. Many eventually produce flowers, but it can sometimes take years and in most cases, they’ll save enough energy to flower again the following season. The colorful tulips you see in many yards are perennials. canada goose clearance

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buy canada goose jacket cheap Boyer says that researchers are trying to trick canada goose annuals into sticking around. To survive for many years, a plant must have instructions in its DNA, or genetic code, telling its cells to save resources instead of spending canada goose clearance sale them all on flowers. Scientists think they might be able to tweak the DNA of annual plants to send that message. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canadian goose jacket “If we could change corn into a perennial, we wouldn’t need to replant every year, which disrupts the soil and their fragile ecosystem,” Boyer says. “It could change our agricultural system.” canadian goose jacket.

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