What a highly relevant question. Aren’t we all just wondering what’s going to happen to our poor, confused bulbs? Your answer comes from Kristin Schleiter, Acting Director of Outdoor Gardens.
Lots of bulb foliage is pushing its way up at NYBG too. Most of the bulbs we plant for spring bloom are native to cold mountainous regions and therefore they can handle snow and freezing well. As long as it is only the foliage above ground and the flower buds are still tucked below, the bloom will be absolutely fine. The foliage may look a little sad and tattered by spring, but leave it as it is to help give the plant the energy to create another flower for the next spring.
If your buds are currently above the ground, you can provide them a little extra protection with cut evergreen boughs or chopped fall leaves (if you have any left). Even if you can’t give them protection, there is a good chance that they will still be alright.
Well there you have it Liz! We’re all going to be just fine. Couldn’t think of a happier sentiment for the new year! ~AR