Flower Bulb Fertilizer
While you may not think about it, your bulbs begin to grow soon after you
plant them in the fall. The growth is underground. You don't get to see it
happening. The bulb begins to send out, and develop it's root system. The
root system needs to be well developed in those last several weeks before
the snow flies. This way, the plant is able to draw upon an ample supply
of water and nutrients in the spring, so it can burst quickly into a brilliant
Fall growth of the root system is fueled by water and nutrients. A generous
application of fertilizer, will really pay dividends. The best fertilizer
is specially formulated for spring flowering bulbs, and is readily available
in garden stores. As you plant your bulbs, put some of the fertilizer into
each hole, as directed on the fertilizer box. For established beds, you can
sprinkle fertilizer on top of the soil and mix it in. Be careful not to dig
too deeply and disturb, or damage the bulbs.
When spring arrives, your bulbs will have all the energy they need to burst
out of the soil and show their blooms. You can add a light application of
fertilizer at this time. Use a fertilizer high in phosphorus.
After the blooms have died, another application of general purpose fertilizer
will help the plant to create and store the food it needs for next year.
Make sure to let the plant grow until it dies off . It needs as much time
as possible, to create and store energy for the following year.
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