Bulbs Sprout Too Early - Knowledgebase Question

Centerville, UT
Question by samnbarb
November 17, 1999
My husband planted new iris & daffodil bulbs in mid-September for spring blooming. We had an unusually warm stretch of weather in Salt Lake mid-October to mid-November and we noticed a week ago the bulbs have already sent up several inches of new growth. What should we do before the really cold weather (snow?) gets here?? Thank you for any suggestions you can think of!

Answer from NGA
November 17, 1999


Actually it would be better if the cold weather would settle in and stay cold, and snow is an excellent insulator. 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.

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