eek - frost threatens

sun_worshiper(FL 9b)February 15, 2013

This so far has been a very mild winter, and my in ground hippis already have bloom stalks up about 6 inches. Nearly a month early! And of course, there is a frost forecast for this weekend=( Any thoughts on protecting the emerging bloom spikes? The bulbs themselves will of course be fine, but don't want to miss a full season of blooms!

I'm thinking about making little piles of pine bark fines up over the bloom stalks to keep the frost off. I don't have enough frost cloth, and in any case, it is hard to secure down because it is likely to be windy too. It seems like trying to cover them with cloth would be more likely to break the stalks than just leaving them alone...

Any ideas?

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We use buckets and upside down trash bins but those might not work for you if it is super windy. You could always put something heavy on top the upside down buckets and trash bin to hold them in place. Good luck and tell us what you end up doing and if it works.


    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 1:34PM
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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

What about that foamy pipe covering stuff that is split up the side. Sort of looks like a big noodle! I use it to protect young trees, why not cut it to cover the scapes.? You could pile the bark to help support it.

Yup....I have tomatoes on my plants. I said that will guarantee an ice storm in March!


    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 3:23PM
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sun_worshiper(FL 9b)

Thanks for the ideas! I piled bark over all the bloom spikes that were less than 6 inches tall. The tall ones I've left unprotected, with the exception of one clumb that is a favorite. They are nearly open, so I put bamboo stakes around the clump and then made a little tent out of frost cloth. I do use the foam protectors for fruit tree trunks, but it is so stiff I decided I am too clumsy, and would be more likely to break the stalks that way. So fingers crossed...

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 4:01PM
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sun_worshiper(FL 9b)

Only a light frost. Even the uncovered ones did fine. So good to know - bloom spikes can take a light frost without damage.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:43PM
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Mine came thru fine too, I didn't cover them.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 6:30PM
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