The Q&A Archives: Are My Crocuses Dead?

Question: Hello -

I live in Northern New York, on the border between zones 3 and 4. Last fall, I planted a bunch of Burpee crocuses. We had a warm March, and by the end of the month, all the crocuses were popping up. Then in early April, we got 13 inches of new snow, and the crocuses were never seen again.

Are they dead? Will they come back next spring? Do I need to replant them?


Answer: Based on your description I am not sure what happened to your crocuses. Usually they are very cold tolerant and will even bloom through a light snow, so the cold itself would not necessarily hurt them. A heavys now would be an insulating layer, so I would have expected them to pop through the melting snow, and you would have seen the grassy looking foliage afterwards even if the blooms had been mauled by the weather. You might dig down a bit and see if the corms are still there. If so, they should be fine and should bloom again next spring.

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