I planted my new lily bulbs 4 days ago and some of them are already sprouting above the surface of the soil/mulch. I%26#039;m fairly new at gardening and would like to have a decent turnout this year (wouldn%26#039;t we all!!) But we%26#039;re having a cold snap for the next few days and I%26#039;d like to know if I should cover my plants (buds). I suppose it really couldn%26#039;t hurt to cover them if I%26#039;m in doubt, but I wanted to hear some of your more experienced thoughts on the matter!
Here%26#039;s the forecast for Fort Worth, TX:
Tomorrow: A few rain showers early mixing with snow showers later in the day. Cold. High 42F. Chance of precip 40%.
Tomorrow night: Cloudy with rain and snow showers in the evening. Snow showers overnight. Cold. Low around 35F. Chance of precip 60%. A slushy accumulation of less than one inch.
Thank you so much for your help!
Should I cover my new lily sprouts tomorrow evening?
We are colder than your area. Flowers in bloom or about to bloom get the most damaged and some leaves will wilt, but generally all perennials make it. We got in the 20%26#039;s last 2 nights and the same for tonight. I do not cover or uncover any perennials ever and our weather is good for changing. That is why they call us the %26quot;Sho Me State%26quot;.
Reply:take some sticks and push them in the ground around your bulbs and cover with a sheet if you are worried---freezing is 32 and below that if it does not get that cold they should be ok. If you use an old sheet you can pick it up shake it out and use again, you can also wash later and keep for future use. Much better than plastic. this is for night time, leave off during the day.
Reply:sure go ahead