Mulching/Bulb blooming - Knowledgebase Question

Gulph Mills, PA
Avatar for log722
Question by log722
March 13, 1999
I do not remember where all of my bulbs are planted throughout my yard. I want to mulch the property. Will bulbs (such as tulips) grow right up through organic mulch (such as wood chips) when it is time for them to bloom? Or, do I need to wait for them to bloom and then mulch around the flowers?

Answer from NGA
March 13, 1999
Bulbs will come up through a few inches of organic mulch just fine, although it is not a good idea to pile it on top of them if they are already up. Ideally, you would maintain a fairly steady layer of mulch year round, perhaps topping it up in late fall and again in late spring when most plants have reemerged. Be careful not to cover and possibly smother the crowns of dormant plants if you go ahead and mulch now.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by mcash70 and is called "Wild asters"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.