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Winter Care for Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Posted: Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at 6:20 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

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Spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils often begin emerging in March or early April in Iowa, however premature growth can occur in mild winter weather. Also, early emergence of these spring flowers is often seed on the south and west sides of buildings and in areas warmer than the rest of yard due to sunlight or being near heated basements. Should early emergence happen and then snow fall, the plants should be fine, as the snow discourages additional growth.

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, remind gardeners that spring-flowering bulbs must be planted in fall as it allows time for the bulbs to develop a root system before the ground freezes.