daffs and iris are coming up! help!

superpony123December 13, 2009

The weather here (NJ) has been RIDICULOUS! It'll be 45 one day and 20 the next. ugh. I feel like the weather is seriously screwing with my bulbs! I planted hundreds of new ones this fall, and I'm going to be devastated if they don't pop up in the spring. Anywho: mainly it's the daffodils and siberian iris that are popping up. thankfully no sign of tulips or hyacinths popping up. I planted all of these at the appropriate times. Is it the weather? What's going on? I am pretty sure this is NOT normal..


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also, i should add that yes these were planted at the appropriate depths. The daffs seem to be relatively short sprouts, maybe 2" tall at the most so far, but the iris are really shooting up, some of them must be around 6" tall by now. But there's only a few stalks, and that's out of a patch that has roughly 80 bulbs in it.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2009 at 9:07PM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

Apparently it's quite common. I even have Baby Boomer Daffs coming up now! See the link below for more.

Here is a link that might be useful: Anyone have bulbs coming up already?

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 7:40AM
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It is ENTIRELY normal and nothing to be overly concerned about :-)

Every year, this forum gets numerous posts from newbie bulb growers alarmed about the same issue. If the temps remain mild, the foliage of various bulbs (and perennials, like the Siberian iris, Shasta daisies, etc.) will produce some growth. It does not mean the bulbs will be producing blooming stalks too early.....nature has worked it out so that the bulbs flower on schedule as they are supposed to do. And generally, the foliage remains pretty much undamaged by colder weather, when it finally does arrive.

IF you have additional concerns, it certainly won't hurt to add a loose mulch - pine straw, shredded leaves, etc. The bulbs will emerge right through it.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 10:07AM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

So, NJ an VA have gotten together to mess with both of us. LOL !! We've got the same going on with 71 one day then 29 the next night. And then of course, the rain which has barely stopped since even before that Nor'Easter.

I got lots and lots of help on here in my post. Even tho it addresses the tulip, there's help in general about bulbs.

Here is a link that might be useful: Recently planted bulbs (TULIPS?) coming up

    Bookmark   December 14, 2009 at 5:00PM
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