With the mild winter we have been having across the country this year, we have been frequently asked, “My fall bulbs have started to sprout. Will they be OK?” The short answer is simply “yes.” However, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your precious fall bulbs will be on track to bloom in early spring.
Although the snow (if you ever had any) has melted and many gardeners are seeing their tulips, daffodils, and other fall bulbs sprout much earlier than usual, they will still be OK. Fall bulbs are extremely hardy and even if there are a few more hard frosts, the plants won’t die and you will still have beautiful blooms come spring.
What you are seeing is the foliage starting to pop up out of the ground. The flower stems and buds are what lie beneath the surface, still cozy and protected underneath the soil. For those in colder areas who are worried about another snowstorm before spring, scatter a light layer of mulch or leaves over the foliage to give them more protection. When doing so, you will want to make sure you don’t layer too heavy and damage the top growth.
One of the best features of fall bulbs is their resilience. Even when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, they will still be there with their bright, cheery blooms to welcome spring!