Sunday, January 07, 2007
Can We Protect Spring Bulbs Sprouting In January?
Sheila over at the lovely September Song blog http://september-song.blogspot.com/
is as curious as me on what to do about this, so I Googled the question. Strangely there didn`t seem to be a lot of info on this but from the Chicago Tribune about a warm fall at least....
Q. Some of my bulbs started emerging during the warm spell this fall. Will this damage the bulbs or their spring flower show?
A. The warm temperatures that sometimes occur in fall can trigger premature bulb growth, especially for the early flowering varieties. There is little you can do to stop bulbs from sprouting; they will stop when temperatures drop. The foliage may be affected, with some yellowing or browning, but the bulb and its future flowers will recover by spring -- assuming it did not actually flower.
To protect exposed foliage, cover with evergreen boughs. Snow cover in winter also will insulate and protect bulbs.
Something to ponder that I`ve wondered myself, from over at Country Gardner blog http://countrygardener.blogspot.com/
"I wonder what this warm spell is going to mean for plants that are starting to wake up months before they should? Are the insect pests that usually get killed off by the cold going to be out in full force this summer?
Though most of us enjoy a mild winter, there's always the suspicion that we're going to pay for it down the line - that's just the Canadian way."
That bug question is definately worrying. Never mind the ones for the plants, what about the bloody mosquitoes?? And I planted much more than three bulbs....I hope they aren`t upside down LOL!