The Q&A Archives: bonemeal

Question: when is the proper to apply bonemeal to established lilys and daffodils

Answer: A natural organic fertilizer, bonemeal generally is recommended for bulbs and roses but can be used in just about any situation where a controlled-release form of phosphorus is needed. Because the nutrients from bonemeal and other slow-release fertilizers are insoluble in water, they must be converted to a form that plants can use. This takes time, so you shouldn?t expect an immediate response when using bonemeal. With that said, simply spreading or sprinkling bonemeal on the surface of the soil and scratching into the soil is a good way to apply the product. Apply on an annual basis and the minerals will work their way down into the soil and be available to the roots of your lilies and daffodils.

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