Feeding Your Garden Bulbs.
As the spring bulbs lose their flowers, they start to create energy to store in the bulb or corm for the production of next year’s flowers so now is a good time to provide them with a liquid plant food high in potash such as liquid tomato feed, this will ensure you have a good display of flowers for next season. If your spring bulbs have been growing in a lawn or a flower bed make sure they have completely died down before you remove this year’s leaves if the leaves are removed too early this can affect next year’s flowering and lead to plants with no flowers just leaves
Gerneal notes of feeding garden flower bulbs
Feeding garden bulbs can help them grow and bloom to their full potential. Here are some tips for feeding your garden bulbs:
- Choose the right fertilizer: Look for a fertilizer that is specifically formulated for bulbs. Bulb fertilizers contain the right balance of nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, that will help your bulbs grow strong and healthy.
- Apply fertilizer at the right time: Most bulbs should be fertilized in the fall, just before planting. This will give them the nutrients they need to develop strong roots and prepare for winter. You can also fertilize bulbs in the spring when they start to grow, but be careful not to over-fertilize them.
- Use the right amount of fertilizer: Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package to determine the right amount of fertilizer to use. In general, you should apply about 1 tablespoon of fertilizer per bulb.
- Work the fertilizer into the soil: After planting the bulbs, sprinkle the fertilizer on the soil surface around each bulb. Use a garden fork or cultivator to work the fertilizer into the soil to a depth of about 4 to 6 inches.
- Water the bulbs: After applying fertilizer, water the bulbs well to help the nutrients soak into the soil and reach the roots. Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to rotting.
- Reapply fertilizer annually: To keep your bulbs healthy, apply fertilizer annually. For established bulbs, you can fertilize in the fall or spring, but again be careful not to over-fertilize.