The Q&A Archives: Spring or Fall bulbs

Question: I have bulbs (not sure of the name - small flower) that came up in the spring and flowered then died and are coming up again. Is there such a thing as a flowerering spring and fall bulb? It has been hotter than normal with less rain. any ideas? I don't think I planted fall bulbs.

Answer: One of the primary characteristics of bulbs is that they bloom for one season only and then go dormant (rest). Sometimes plants bloom out of season, but it's an unusual occurance when they're planted outdoors. Perhaps your bulbs are fall bloomers that bloomed late (in the spring instead of the fall months) because of handling and storage. Try to have them identified (easiest when they're blooming) so you'll know what kind of care they require and when their normal blooming period is.

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