My bulbs started coming up

@dragon54u (31615)
United States
March 7, 2008 11:25am CST
I'm in Ohio. When I lived here 30 years ago I never had a garden. Now that I'm back, I planted some bulbs--tulips, daffodils and irises. We've had a couple of warm days and yesterday I noticed some shoots breaking the soil about two inches high. Now it's snowing!! Are those plants that grew a bit early lost for the season or will they recover?
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
7 Mar 08
They will be fine. You may have experienced a late frost last year. We had one here in WV right before the tulips bloomed. There were all kinds of people covering their tulips. One person actually put baggies over each tulip with a twist tie on the stem. LOL They had like 50 of them. And yes they had the kids doing it. I thought it was the funniest thing. My girlfriend was like you are not going to do anything. I said no and didn't do anything. They were just as beautiful as ever. So don't worry. Daffodils are tough. You can lay the bulbs on top of the ground and they will grow right there.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I have tulips too so don't worry about them either. But daffodils are the toughest things. They will grow anywhere.
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@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
7 Mar 08
Oh, that's funny!! I bet those kids weren't too fond of their parents that day! I'm glad they'll be ok. I've so missed the beautiful flowers we have back here and my first spring back will be wonderful. I guess we had a hard late frost last year so it wasn't as pretty this summer when I arrived but I hope everything gets to bloom that's supposed to!
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
7 Mar 08
Where did you reside prior to returning to Ohio? I've talked to a lot of people who now live in Florida that miss their Hostas.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
7 Mar 08
They will be absolutely, just fine! Snow actually works as an insulation, so all is well.....the only thing that would cause a loss now is that if you have good (bad) solid frosts that would freeze the bulbs below ground. When you have to worry is with long (many days) frosts...and no snow for insulation. If that happens just apply a good thick mulch. A rule of thumb when planting bulbs (not Iris tubers) is that you find out what kind of frosts you have in your area. If they are long,& hard freezing the ground to 3" deep, then you plant your bulbs at 4" deep. You might want to mulch the Irises, only. My daffs, tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, & muscari, are all blooming, or finished, and we have had minus nights, and beautiful days now for over a week! Don't these harbingers of spring make your spirits soar? Smiles.
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@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
7 Mar 08
Thanks for the reassurance! Yes, I love having the winter and then these "teaser" days. It's so nice to have a taste of spring! Right now it's snowing for the past 6 hours and not supposed to stop till tomorrow. And we just had two lovely spring-like days...I love the variety and I'm so glad my flowers will come up!! Say, I have a book I bought that says you can layer tulips and such and have flowers nearly all summer. I'm going to do that next year, this year I was too busy.
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• Canada
8 Mar 08
It really does work, layering them, but you must pay close attention to the bulbs, as there are early spring, mid spring, late spring...and they really don't go much beyond that. Course, you plant the late spring, the deepest and work your way to the top....the only thing that Idon't like about it is you must leave the leaves on the spent ones, so they can store food for next years growth..so you tulip bed looks a little shaggy. Hope you enjoy the snow, I know the East Coast of Canada (Toronto) is getting a big dump, today.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
20 Jul 08
Thank you, for the best response....Hope you had "a banner of beauty" from your spring flowers....and now, you are overwhelmed with your summer bouquest of aroma! Rainbows to you!
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@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Thank you for your help! Yes, the few bulbs I got planted did splendidly and I learned a lot about what I want for my garden next year. I have a lot of work ahead of me!