Bulb Feeding time? - Knowledgebase Question

bellefontaine, Oh
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Question by owensgram1
April 20, 2006
My daffodil bulbs bloomed beautifully this month. They are starting to fade away now. I know I am supposed to leave the leaves alone until they turn yellow as they

Answer from NGA
April 20, 2006
There's absolutely no limit on the number of questions you can ask - we're happy to help so feel free to stop by often. The foliage on bulbs does need to be left alone so they can ripen, but feeding is a little different than most other garden plants.

Flowering landscape plants usually need a nutrient lift during or just after flowering. Bulbs, on the other hand, have little to no roots then. They can benefit from soil nutrients when they?re putting out roots in fall or when their roots are getting active again in early spring. But once their foliage reaches full-size ? before the bulbs actually bloom ? their roots for the year are already dying. So, fall or early spring feeding will benefit your daffodils most. Blood meal, applied at the rate of 2 pounds per 100 square feet or 1 teaspoon per square foot should be all your bulbs need in terms of nutrition. Best wishes with your garden!

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