Caring for Spring-Flowering Bulbs

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March through April and sometimes May we will receive our delayed gratification from the bulbs planted last fall. Get the most out of this reward with the following tips:

  • Deadhead blooms as they fade to prevent seed development and allow bulbs to store more energy for future blooms.
  • Leaves should be left intact until they die back naturally. Cutting leaves back while still green halts energy production and limits energy stored in the bulbs.
  • Wait to transplant bulbs until after leaves have died back, if necessary.
  • If you’re noticing leaves emerging from the soil due to our warmer days lately don’t be too concerned. When freezing temps return the leaves may develop some brown tips but the plants should be fine. If buds emerge you can cover them gently with mulch.

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