Who or what are the ice saints?


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Last cold period with night frost danger

According to the farmer's rule, it is said that plants should only be placed in the garden after the ice saints. Why is that or is it just a myth in the end?

The last cold spell with night frost
The icy saints are also known as strict men or ice men. The saints are from 11 to 15 May and are called Mamertus, Pankratius, Servatius, Boniface and Sophie. These are bishops and martyrs from the 4th and 5th centuries. In northern Germany, Mamertus is the first ice saint. In southern Germany it is Pankratius. What is meant by the ice saints is the last cold spell with night frost.

Claims could not be proven
The rule comes from times of weather records made by farmers over many centuries. However, these allegations could not be proven. Also, one must not forget that the climate has changed in the last decades more and more. In addition, from a weather forecast point of view, the period from 21 May to 23 May is more prone to frost.

Farmers rules can not be generalized
And you can not generalize farmers rules, because the climate on the North Sea is different than in the pre-Alps. It may well be that there are frost nights in mid-May, but they can not be fixed on the date. Thus, the rule that you can bring plants only after the Eisheiligen to the outside, a myth.

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