Bulbs Coming Up To Soon - Knowledgebase Question

Otterbein, IN
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Question by debkspm
January 12, 2000
I planted tulip,daffodils and crocus bulbs in October. We are know having a warm spell, that has lasted for about a month, and some of my bulbs are poking up through the ground about 1/2inch. What can I do if anything to protect them and not lose them for the season. I did not put a layer of straw or mulch on them or is this harmful to the bulbs?

Answer from NGA
January 12, 2000
They shold be fine as long as the buds are still underground. These bulbs are all made to withstand cold weather -- crocus often bloom when there are still traces of snow! If it makes you feel better, you can layer some fluffy mulch such as straw or evergreen boughs over top of them, but it shouldn't really be necessary. If you do this, make sure to remove them early in the spring so the bulbs can come up naturally. You could also layer several inches of mulch such as shredded bark over the area being careful not to cover the emerging foliage. This is easier done in the fall so that the bulbs simply come up through it the following spring. Enjoy your bulbs!

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