The Q&A Archives: Protecting early sprouting bulbs

Question: Is it too early for fy bulbs to be sprouting? They started coming up at the end of January. Will they be affected by any severe weather or die before blooming? Natalie Delgiorno Upper Darby, PA

Answer: Don't worry about your bulbs. They'll only grow as far as the weather lets them. It's been a mild winter so they're ready to go, but even if the growth point gets nipped by a freeze, the flower bud is still protected under the soil. You can mulch the bulbs with a 4-6 layer of hay if you're really concerned, but I wouldn't worry about it.

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