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Are my plants growing right?

I have a garden that was covered in leaves (to protect my plants through the winter) until recently. When I cleaned the bed, I noticed that my plants had started to grow even though they weren't getting light. They have yellow-white stems and leaves. Are they going to grow right?
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Although your plants may look damaged now, they're not really in serious condition-so there's little reason to worry. The elongation and yellowing of stems and leaves is called etiolation. After a few days in the sun, your perennials should be just fine. They will color up quickly and grow normally.  In the future, check for growth of perennials under the mulch a bit earlier. If left in place too long, winter mulch can smother the emerging perennials. It can also hold in excess moisture, causing them to rot.

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