If it’s late winter and you notice your bulbs are making an early appearance, follow our tips to keep them healthy and safe until spring.
Cover with snow. Bulbs usually aren’t damaged much when they sprout early, but if you have some snow piled up on your property, it wouldn’t hurt to shovel it on top of the bulbs to keep them cooler and slow their growth.
Choose your location carefully. When you plant bulbs in the fall, avoid places that heat up early, such as south-facing slopes or areas near the foundation on the south side of your house or garage.
Plant bulbs deep. Be sure that you plant bulbs deeply enough. When they’re too shallow, they warm earlier.
Protect with mulch. Put several inches of mulch over your bulb beds as soon as the soil freezes in the late autumn. In addition to protecting the bulbs from extreme cold, mulch insulates the soil and helps keep it cool enough to discourage early sprouting. Bulb foliage that’s pale and yellowish under the mulch will green up when it’s exposed to sunlight.
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