This winter's warm weather could 'wreak havoc' on plants

The owner of Colonial Gardens says the warmth is actually tricking the daffodil bulbs into popping up, which is not a good thing.

News 12 Staff

Feb 13, 2023, 10:35 PM

Updated 487 days ago

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This winter has continued to feel...not much like winter at all. Temperatures have fluctuated all season long, and on Monday winter jackets were optional.
At Colonial Gardens in Fairfield, it doesn't just feel like spring. It's starting to look like it, too. Owner James Philbin says the warmth is actually tricking the daffodil bulbs into popping up, which is not a good thing.
"It wreaks havoc on them because they want to wake up, and then if we get a hard frost at night, that'll really torch the blooms on them," said Philbin.
The same goes for early blooming trees, such as magnolias and cherries, which Philbin says could see their buds die or close up earlier than usual.
"The past couple of springs, they've been not as colorful, not as vibrant as they'd typically be," said Philbin.
Is there anything we can do to try to make sure we get that peak spring color rush out of our plants?
"It's pretty much let Mother Nature take its course. There's not anything preventative in terms of covering the plants that's going to prevent it," Philbin said.
Storm Watch Team meteorologists say the next few days will be much of the same weather-wise.


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