old, unplanted bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa Park, Ne
Question by ndpettit46
June 11, 2010
I have several bulbs that didn't make it into the ground last fall. Since they cannot be used for planting, can they be put in the ground to help fertilize the soil as whole bulbs? Thank you!

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2010


I don't know that they would have much to offer in terms of nutrients. They'd be more useful if you chopped them up and composted them, then added the compost to your soil. If you set them into the ground whole they will decompose but while doing so will attract soil dwelling insects = not something you really want to attract near the roots of your other plants. Compost them first.

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