Bulbs forum: What and When to Feed?

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Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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MelissaHopper
Mar 30, 2018 4:08 PM CST
I have daffodil and hyacinth bulbs in containers on my front porch. It is a southwestern exposure so they get good sun.

Over the years I have noticed a decline in the amount they bloom. Every year it is a little less. I am assuming that is because I have them in pots and that I need to fertilize them to make up for not being in the ground.

My question is what should I fertilize them with and when should I do it?

Thanks!
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sallysmom
Apr 1, 2018 5:38 AM CST
I am zone 8b & we don't feed until fall right before they should be coming up.
Name: Maggie
Calaveras County, CA (Zone 8a)
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Faerygardener
Apr 1, 2018 12:44 PM CST
I do a lot of bulbs in pots the first year, then move them to the ground. So, I do need to feed. Van Engelen / Scheepers bulbs recommends 3 times http://www.vanengelen.com/narc... . I sometimes miss that middle one when the sprouts emerge, but try to always catch fertilizing after bloom to help next year's bulb development. I stopped using bonemeal because - as they pointed out - animals dig it up. I used to use it at my previous home but can't now that I live rurally. In pots, I use a time release when I first plant them, then for ease of use I go to Miracle-gro. The Van Engelen instructions are assuming ground. With pots, if you're keeping them in the same soil year to year it becomes like being planted in sand - no nutrients left at all. You might try a time release and keep it up every 3 months - for now, I'd go ahead with something like Miracle-gro (strong) to give them an extra boost.
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Name: Melissa Hopper
St. Helens, Or (Zone 8a)
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MelissaHopper
Apr 3, 2018 1:47 PM CST
Thanks for the info, Maggie.

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