Flowering bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ron908
June 3, 2010
Many of my bulbs only produced green shoots and no flowers Can you tell me why Thanks

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2010
Bulbs will fail to bloom if their foliage is removed too soon the year before. The bulb stores enough energy to develop a flower and leaves but after the flower dies the leaves spend several weeks manufacturing and transporting energy back into the bulb for the following year's growth. If the foliage is not allowed to ripen and turn brown before being removed, the bulbs won't have enough energy to produce a flower the following year. If you allow the foliage to ripen this year, you should get flowers next year. The only other reason bulbs won't bloom is if they are overcrowded. If yours have been in the ground for 4-5 years it may be time to dig and divide them. Wait until the foliage dies down before you dig them up. Best wishes with your bulbs.

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