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Don’t Worry – Your Fall Bulbs Will Be OK!

Mixed TulipsWith the mild winter we have been having across the country this year, we have been frequently asked “My fall bulbs have started to sprout. Will they be OK?” The short answer is simply “yes.” However, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your precious fall bulbs will be on track to bloom in early spring.

Flower Record DaffodilsAlthough the snow (if you ever had any) has melted and many gardeners are seeing their tulips, daffodils, and other fall bulbs sprout much earlier than usual, they will still be OK. Fall bulbs are extremely hardy and even if there are a few more hard frosts, the plants won’t die and you will still have beautiful blooms come spring.

Mixed CrocusWhat you are seeing is the foliage starting to pop up out of the ground. The flower stems and buds are what lie beneath the surface, still cozy and protected underneath the soil. For those in colder areas that are worried about another snowstorm before spring, scatter a light layer of mulch or leaves over the foliage to give them more protection. When doing so, you will want to make sure you don’t layer too heavy and damage the top growth.

One of the best features of fall bulbs is their resilience. Even when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, they will
still be there with their bright, cheery blooms to welcome spring!

Happy Gardening!

February 20, 2012 · Amanda Shepard · 2 Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos

2 Responses

  1. jay - February 24, 2012

    Here in Northern California all the bulbs planted in late December are sprouting AND flowering. If we get a few weeks of heavy rain and wind should I cover the pots to protect them from heavy rain?

  2. Amanda Shepard - February 24, 2012

    Hi Jay!

    That is wonderful that your fall bulbs are already flowering! I would recommend covering the pots if you are expecting heavy rain/wind. This type of weather could cause the plants to break or fall over, damaging the blooms or budding plants.

    Enjoy your early blooms!

    - Amanda