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Last fall I bought a daffodil mixture. They bloomed great this spring, but in October they have all started to come up. What's going on?

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The warm weather is tricking the bulbs into sprouting now.  There was that cold snap, that bulbs need chilling (for example if you want to force bulbs as indoor plants, you would need to put them in the refrigerator to mimic that "winter") before they will bloom.  Probably won't actually have flowers come forth, before the weather turns cold again.  The energy store in the bulb maybe be somewhat lessen from the "false spring" but they should still come up fine in the real spring.

Posted on 5 Dec 2008

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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