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Will Sprouted Bulbs Survive Winter Storm?

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A daffodil grows in Newington, February 27, 2012.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

A daffodil grows in Newington, February 27, 2012. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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After some recent warm weather, many flower bulbs are coming up early this year.

“We are certainly having things budding and popping out of the ground a lot earlier,” said Master Gardener Deborah Kent. “Luckily they are very strong, and they can take some of these fluctuations.”

Kent says snow can be beneficial, this early in the year, because it can provide a layer of insulation between the plants, and colder air temperatures.

Kent says bulbs that have sprouted should be okay, unless there is an extended, deep freeze.

In that case, she suggests an old standby: putting a sheet over flowers that have lush green growth, to protect them during especially cold nights.

Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut President Ronnie Schoelzel said this week’s predicted snow storm should not hurt the plants.

“The snow is actually a good thing, it will keep them insulated,” Schoelzel said.  “It is the really cold weather that would be more of a problem.”

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