To Early For Sprouting Tulips. - Knowledgebase Question

Watertown, WI
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Question by misty21
March 1, 2000
We live in Wisconsin and with the mild weather my tulips and lilacs are growing is there anything I can do ? Will they still be okay and will they still bloom this spring? Also are my roses goimg to mold should I take the cones off and air them out or what they do have holes in them for air to get in.

Answer from NGA
March 1, 2000
Unfortunately there really isn't much you can do to slow the plants down. You might be able to toss some mulch over the tulips if a very cold night hits while the buds are showing, but in general they are very cold tolerant. While buds and blooms may possibly be zapped by frost, most shrubs and trees will take that in stride and still manage to leaf out and be okay. As far as the roses go, as long as there is air circulation the cones do provide a certain amount of insulation from the heat as well as cold. Once the forsythia blooms you can begin to remove some of their protection. You might want to check on them occasionally however to be sure they are okay.

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