What to do if spring bulbs come up too early

Unpredictable weather can cause your spring bulbs to sprout early. Do you need to worry?
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Should you worry if you see daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs emerge in your garden before it’s spring?

Fortunately, there’s little need for concern.

Spring bulbs prefer winters when temperatures drop gradually, stay cold and then begin to slowly warm up as spring comes into view. But with today’s erratic winter weather, bulbs are proving to be remarkably resilient.

Daffodils , tulips and other bulbs begin growing almost as soon as they are planted after summertime. During autumn and early winter, spring bulbs are slowly developing their root systems and are already starting to sprout. So if the weather is warmer than usual, sprouts may rise to the soil surface and show a couple inches of green. There isn’t a lot you can do, but growth should slow when/if temperatures drop back down again, and will wait to take off again when spring arrives.

Harsh temperatures and drying winds can damage early sprouting bulbs, and can cause leaves to turn brown. However, so long as the flower buds stay below ground they are well protected from winter weather and will more than likely be totally fine.

If they do break through the soils surface, all you can do is add a layer of mulch to help protect them until warmer weather sets in.

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