The Q&A Archives: Bulbs Coming Up In December

Question: I had planted my daffodil, hyacinth, and paperwhite bulbs in mid-October. I live in zone 6 (I believe). Unfortunately, the weather has been unusually mild (much like early spring weather) and the plants are growing. I'm worried once the cold weather does hit, what will happen to the plants? Will they bloom in the spring?

Answer: Most spring bulbs have foliage that is very able to withstand cold and will be in good shapen beneath the snow. If the foliage ends up with a bit of "burning" or browned tips, the bulbs should still be fine as long as they were planted deeply enough. Try not to worry -- there isn't much you can do about it anyway! Next time, be sure to plant the bulbs at the full recommended depth and add a few inches of mulch over top to help insulate the soil and moderate any temperature swings. The flowers should appear right on time, regardless of the premature foliage.

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