March 2012

IMA Horticultural Society presents Top Performing Perennials for the Midwest

March 11, 2012
2:00 PMto4:00 PM

Pam Bennett.

Who: Pamela Bennett, associate professor and Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension.

What: Top Performing Perennials for the Midwest

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012

Where: International School of Indiana, Taurel Building, 4330 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis

Admission: $5 at the door, if not a member of the IMA Horticultural Society. Free to members.

Reception with tea and cookies  immediately following Bennett’s talk.

You Can Grow That! March 2012: Daffodils and Tulips

Early blooming daffodils an withstand cold temperatures. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

No doubt, warmer that normal winter temperatures have teased some daffodils and tulips out of the ground a little early.

Fortunately, we don’t have to worry.

Spring bulbs are programmed by nature to handle most temperature fluctuations. Tulip and daffodil varieties are early, mid-season or late-season bloomers. The earliest ones out of the ground usually are the early blooming bulbs and they tend to be the most cold tolerant.

A severe snap of cold may damage the flowers on early blooming tulips and daffodils, possibly reducing the show. But the bulbs will survive to bloom again next year.

Cold temperatures may nip the leaves of later blooming bulbs that are above ground, but the flower buds are still tucked down in the plant and protected somewhat from freezes.

Gardeners may be tempted to mulch the bulbs that have broken ground. That’s unnecessary. In fact, the freshly added mulch may actually encourage the bulbs to grow more and bloom even earlier.

Remember. Don’t worry.

You Can Grow That! debuts this month. It is the brainchild of C.L. Fornari at Whole Life Gardening. You can also find postings on YCGT’s Facebook page. The goal is to instill confidence in gardeners to try new plants or grow familiar ones with success. You Can Grow That! will appear the 4th of every month.