Bulbs came up in December after warm weather

lpennockDecember 13, 2007

We planted bulbs near the end of November, and after the unseasonably warm weather this past week in Tennessee (Mid 70's on Dec 10th!) they've already come up. The tulips and daffodils are peaking through, and the crocus is already several inches high. Are they ruined for the spring, or will they re-freeze, go dormant again, and come up again in spring as normal?

Is there anything I need to do to them given the strange weather we've had?



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amazindirt(7A mid-TN)

Yeah, mine started coming up in November, I think. :-/

It's not ideal, but usually they'll figure things out for themselves. The foliage may freeze back, but don't panic.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2007 at 1:22PM
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Our bulbs came up also. I cut our banana trees back, and now they are two feet tall.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2007 at 4:23PM
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    Bookmark   December 13, 2007 at 5:20PM
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donna_stevens(z7 TN)

My Dutch Iris have been confused for years, some of them put up in the winter.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2007 at 9:06PM
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I saw this as an opportunity!

Since I needed to fetch several that have "migrated" as well as relocate many of our bulbs to ensure I don't damage them while installing the Red Raspberry, Brandywine Purple Raspberry, Autumn Gold Raspberry and BlackBerry plants I'll be putting in in the next few weeks, I used this opportunity to carefully dig and divide all the bulbs that were sprouting, and place them in a temporary bed until they freeze, die back, and go dormant again.

I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few earth worms in the planting beds and only one solitary grub. and I was happy to see this brick-quarry y'all call "soil" down here is finally softening up and getting loamy like real dirt is supposed to be. It has only taken 4 years and double digging several yards of compost, leaf mold, and mulch, to get it there though. arrgh!

Ohh bulbs, yeah... Perfect opportunity to dig and divide them, yeah!

    Bookmark   December 23, 2007 at 10:02PM
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