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by rozy221 on February 16, 2005 11:42 PM
I'm was quite upset today when I went outside and saw my daffodils and maybe tulips popping up. Some even had buds on them. Lots of them were already yellow. What should I do? I was thinking of mulching them, but I was afraid that would warm them up too much and make them come out even more. My husband suggested building some sort of a greenhouse around the area and just letting them bloom whenever they bloom. My other option (if they're not too far gone already), is to just dig them up and pot them for inside, seeing as I was planning on moving them in the fall anyway. My son and I planted these together in the fall-he seemed happy to see them coming up, but I'm afraid they won't make it much longer. I'm in zone 6-7, and it's 51 degrees here today, but it's still only in the 20's at night, and they're calling for a cold front again on Friday. I'm really stumped! Thanks for any advice!
by Barb Illinois Zone 5 on February 17, 2005 01:11 AM
Wow, wish I could expect to see my Daffs anytime soon, lol! Well, since I'm up here in Illinois it'll be at least March before they poke through the soil from their long winter nap. [sleepy]
Daffs are amazingly hardy and the cold temps shouldn't bother them at all. I've even had Daffs bloom the day after being coated with ice from a late storm! I wouldn't dig them up and pot them as they are aclimatized to the weather outside now and would probably die off in the house. Just enjoy them where they are and plant on moving them in the fall or after the leaves die back completely. Hope this helps! Welcome to the Group! [wayey]

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by hisgal2 on February 17, 2005 02:26 AM
Yup, I have daffodils up also....and Bells...some kind of bells...little white bells...those are totally up!! I've had daffodils covered and coated on ice also...its incredible how hardy those are!! [Smile] Oh..and my tulips are poking up a bit also. [Smile]

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by njoynit on February 17, 2005 06:29 AM
Thems snow drops.mines got the green dots.I even got a circle of them where birdbath use to be....at one time.

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My daffs are blooming,got 2 kinds both yellow but ones smaller flowers and thinner stem.alluim will be soon.I've seen daffs bloom in snow.looked neat.

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by rozy221 on February 17, 2005 05:34 PM
Wow! What a relief! I can handle seeing some daffs right about now! I never would have thought that they would survive this weather, but if everybody else has had luck, then hopefully I will as well! I was wondering-is it possible that this happened because I maybe didn't plant them deep enough? They're down about 6 inches. Just a thought, I don't know. thanks for the help!

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