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“Will Snow Kill My Spring Flowers Like Tulips? Should I Protect Them?”

by | Updated: Dec 9, 2021

Will snow kill tulips? Here are tips on what to do with spring flowers when snow is in the forecast

Your spring flowers look as happy as kids on the first day of vacation… and then, you see the weather forecast: SNOW.

Ugh.

The good news is…

Spring flowering bulbs — like tulips and daffodils (pictured below) — are surprisingly resilient. Snow can be a good insulator for plants. And yes, I know we need the water.

Tulips and daffodils, spring flowers

So, if you’re wondering, “Will snow kill spring flowers, like tulips?”, the good news is it’s extremely unlikely.

(Phew, right?)

The bad news is…

Heavy spring snows can make a mess of tulips and daffodils that have started flowering.

Depending on how much snow you get, it can weigh down, smoosh or break your flowers, ending your pretty blooms for this year.

Heavy spring snow can break daffodils and tulips.
Will snow kill your daffodils? Not likely, but it can weigh them down and crush them.

Temperatures can be an issue too

Cold temperatures (like a hard freeze) can ruin the blooms on some spring flowers, including the buds that haven’t quite opened yet.

I want my flower blooms to last as long as they can

That’s why I prefer to protect my spring flowers.

When my tulips or daffodils are blooming and there’s more than a dusting of snow in the forecast, I choose to cover them with tall buckets, empty flowerpots, frost tents, etc.

I do this so they don’t get crushed by the snow.

That way, I still have flower blooms when the snow is over.

You can cover spring flowers like tulips when snow is in the forecast, so snow doesn't crush your flowers.

I keep my eye on the low temperatures too

Some spring flowers are more sensitive than others to freezing temperatures.

In my garden, allium and tulips tend to be the most sensitive. You can see an example of allium below.

Purple allium are spring flowers that look like round balls

I’ve had enough flower buds (the blooms that haven’t opened yet) get dinged by hard freezes in the spring that I like to protect them.

When I see nighttime temperatures dipping and dancing into the mid-20s (or below) in the forecast, I’ll cover my allium and tulips — focusing on the ones that are blooming and the ones that have flower buds.

I’ve never gotten a freeze or hard frost that’s killed my spring plants. Rather, I just don’t get flower blooms that year. I have to wait until next year.

So, when I’m covering my spring flowers, I’m trying to protect that season’s blooms.

Do you have to cover your spring flowers when snow is coming?

Nope!

Depending on your snowfall and how naturally protected your flowers are, they may be just fine. It’s all a matter of how proactive you want to be.

If my spring flowers are coming up and only have leaves (but no buds or blooms yet), I don’t cover them.

And I don’t worry about the early spring bloomers, like crocuses below. Those lil’ dudes are tough as nails!

Crocuses are early spring bloomers that tend to be very hardy in the snow.

If you’d like some tips for covering your spring flowers…

Check out 6 ways to protect your flowers from frosts and freezes.

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Take this fun, 2-minute quiz to find out! You’ll also get personalized ideas for flowers, so growing flowers is relaxing — not taxing.

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