Spring Bulbs and Winter Mulch

Asked October 12, 2019, 4:44 PM EDT

I have a couple of questions please I live in Winona Minnesota and wonder... Is it too late in the season to plant spring bulbs in the garden? If OK now, do you have any tips on how to do so? If not now, when can I plant bulbs in spring? I want to winter mulch at least some of my more vulnerable perennial plants. Should I simply bring the mulch up to the base of the plant? Or should I cut back the plant to near the ground, after freezing, and cover the entire plant with mulch? If I want to keep the perennial for winter interest, how should I winter mulch these plants? And when should I apply the winter mulch? Thanks, as always!

Winona County Minnesota

3 Responses

Hi, I don’t know if you are planting hardy or tender bulbs, but this information from the U covers most everything: https://extension.umn.edu/how/planting-bulbs-tubers-and-rhizomes As far as mulching, regardless of whether you cut back the plant or leave it for winter interest, you should wait until after the first hard freeze to mulch over the plant completely. Here is additional information: https://local.extension.umn.edu/local/benton/county-horticulture-educator/article/not-too-late-put-mulch-down-0

One follow-up question: It's "hardy" bulbs (tulips, daffodils) I'm asking about and wondering if I can still plant these bulbs this fall? So far ~32 degrees has been our lowest temp for the past few days. The forecast is for lows in the low 40s and upper/mid 30s until 10/29 when the low forecasted temperature is 30 degrees.

Yes, you can even wait until after the first frost. Enjoy your spring blooms!