Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bulbs: a sign of spring

While walking back from taking scraps to the compost I noticed that a hyacinth bloom was starting to break the surface of the soil. Can spring be far behind? I noticed daffodil and some Iris leaves earlier last month. I walked around a little more and also saw tulips I’d planted in the fall poking out of the soil.
· Time to make plans to order/purchase summer-flowering bulbs for new beds or as additions to existing plantings.
· The best fertilizer for bulbs is a soil that is rich in organic matter.
· Spring bulbs whose shoots have emerged should be fertilized with a complete fertilizer as 10-10-10. If you used a slow release fertilizer in the fall it isn’t necessary to fertilize now.

What signs of spring have you seen in your yard?

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