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Warm weather brings early bulb shoots

Posted by tifbee NE ATL (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 23, 09 at 15:13

I am looking for some advice. Due to the cold weather then lovely warm weather we've had the past few weeks my paper whites, irises, daffodils, and lilies are coming up. The paper whites are getting ready to bud and everything else is anywhere from 4-8 inches high. I am concerned that it isn't even December and my bulbs are coming up. What should I do to protect them when winter hits?

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RE: Warm weather brings early bulb shoots

Generally daffodils do this in Atlanta and they are fine although the foliage can get a bit ratty. You can put pine straw over them when temps dip below freezing. Same with hardy lilies and iris.

Paper whites will need more protection. You can cut the buds and bring them in (put them in vase with water to enjoy them - leave the foliage out to gather sunshine to make energy for next year) if they are big enough. Otherwise, I put a bucket over them to protect them from freezing temps overnight, then remove the bucket when it warms up in the morning.

RE: Warm weather brings early bulb shoots

This happens every year. They will be fine, you can cover them with mulch if you want.

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