How can I protect my daffodils from the cold weather?

by Louise
My daffodils are up. Some are over 5 inches tall. Is there anything that I should do to keep them from being harmed by the coming cold weather? We've had no winter yet this year, so the the dear little things are confused.
  20 answers
  • Stephanie Steele Decker Stephanie Steele Decker on Jan 01, 2016
    I always rake the leaves from the yard into the gardens in the fall to protect in circumstances like this. Then, as soon as the snow melts away, I rake them up and put most of them into the compost pile and turn the rest into the soil. This is a trick my Grandfather passed down to me, and he had the greenest thumb of anyone I've ever known.
  • Katrina Smalley Katrina Smalley on Jan 02, 2016
    I see you are in GA where the winters are mild (as compared to MI where I am) they will be just fine keeping in mind they weather spring cold and frost just fine.
  • Jajohnsey Jajohnsey on Jan 02, 2016
    I think they will be fine also but would take Stephanies' advice next year. Wish mine were saying here comes spring. :)
  • Aileen Young Aileen Young on Jan 02, 2016
    They will be fine as they are,they are very hardy bulbs
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 02, 2016
    I would put mulch on top to deter them from any more growth.Due to the unseasonal warm temperatures weve all been experencing many palnts that should be dormant this time of year are not.The worse case senerio is the bulbs will not bloom at the correct time i the spring.
  • Nancy Skipper Nancy Skipper on Jan 02, 2016
    Here in NC the daffodils sprout up early like that - some are up now, but they seem to manage without any 'pampering' and bloom just fine when they are suppose to. I wouldn't worry about them in Georgia.
  • Cathy Cathy on Jan 02, 2016
    I had some come up early last winter and then we had several snow storms---they weathered it just fine and bloomed when they were supposed to ---now, if they have buds on them, not sure if they will survive.
  • Lisa Falkenthal Lisa Falkenthal on Jan 02, 2016
    I have exactly the same issue. I hope all the advice is true.
  • Betsy Woolford Betsy Woolford on Jan 02, 2016
    They'll be fine. I live in Little Rock AR. Mine have done that before and, if they bloom, just enjoy them. It won't bother the bulb and they'll be OK next year.
  • Jan Jan on Jan 02, 2016
    As long as the bulb is not up you're fine. Being in Ga. you should help also, warmer than most northern states above ou
  • Pat1259011 Pat1259011 on Jan 02, 2016
    I'm in Scotland and because we've had a mild winter so far our daffs are coming up as well. They're pretty sturdy and will survive the cold and snow but next year we're hoping the seasons get back in sync
  • AKP AKP on Jan 02, 2016
    I have my lillies up, my mums are bushing out again after cutting them back this fall, my lavender plant is greening up again after cutting back - seriously, we should not be concerned? We are just NOW having cold weather here in the St. Louis area and it is January. Does anyone recommend mulching above plants, or just letting them go?
  • G G on Jan 02, 2016
    With the onset of the cold, since its been a mild winter here in the Midwest, I'm having the same issues. Do nothing as the bulbs are very hardy and will go dormant once the cold completely hits.
  • Iberkeley Iberkeley on Jan 02, 2016
    As everyone said above, there is nothing you can do. But they'll fine in the Spring. Mine are about the same height here in OR but they always bloom beautifully when they are supposed to.
  • A.k. Sullivan A.k. Sullivan on Jan 02, 2016
    Some mulch around them can also help.
  • Buster Evans Buster Evans on Jan 03, 2016
    Same here In Chattanooga, mine are up and doing the same thing... I have seen them bloom with snow on the ground so I guess they know what they can or cant do...
  • M c M c on Jan 04, 2016
    mulching will help, but they are very hardy.
  • Sue A Sue A on Jan 05, 2016
    I put mine in pots this year! Panted at the reg depth, hole for drainage etc. King Alfred daff sand new Licorice Tulips. There are also tulips called Blueberry swirl. I am going to take some to friends as NEW YEAR gifts. My resident squirrel can't wait til I go out!! Our climate is same as WA. & OR. (northern side)
  • Darrel Rose Darrel Rose on Feb 28, 2016
    Your plants such as mine...are coming up to with this weather, but what I do is cover my plants in either white plastic sheeting or white plastic bags if they are small enough to cover with those but judging by the height they are you should cover them with white sheeting plastic or at least opaque colored plastic just not clear as clear will freeze them white is something they use on nursery plants to keep them from getting frost bitten, learned this from a nurseryman and it works, covered my tender plants in white plastic bags as they were small enough to cover without smashing them down, or you can cover them in pillowcases folded over and placed over them this keeps the warmth in so they don't freeze, you can also insulate the ground by layering on some bark mulch or if you have and or can get pine needles these are wonderful for keeping plants moist in the summer months and in the winter warm if all this is done your plants will survive the winter
  • Lisa Falkenthal Lisa Falkenthal on Feb 29, 2016
    I,m just down the road from you, mine are in bloom. some have been in bloom for weeks. don't worry, they should be fine. Daffodils can survive the apocalypse. They like cold.