Bulb After Care
|Author: Keith Hichisson, Langford Garden Centre||Published: 16th May 2011 15:20|
Bulb After Care
Do not tie daffodil leaves in
knots because the leaves
produce the food for the bulbsAfter spring bulbs have finished flowering they should be allowed to carry on growing and die down naturally so that they build up enough strength in the bulb to flower next year. Bulbs have enough energy stored in the bulb to flower the next spring with only the addition of water. Never cut off green leaves from bulbs and do not tie daffodil leaves in knots because the leaves produce the food for the bulbs.
Prepared bulbs that have been heat treated to get them to flower earlier, such as Hyacinths and Amaryllis, will not flower at the same time the following year, they will also have fewer, smaller flowers and they will flower later, the normal time for unprepared bulbs.
After spring flowering bulbs have finished flowering, keep them growing and feed with high potash feed. Rose or tomato feed is best for this and keep watered if dry. Cut off dead flower heads to prevent them going to seed as this will weaken the bulb because they will be putting energy into producing seed rather than building up the bulb to flower next spring.
If you have them planted in the ground in baskets and they are in borders that you require the space for summer bedding, dig the baskets up when the flowers have finished and replant them in a spare piece of ground and treat the same as permanent planting. If they are in baskets let them dry off naturally, when dry take them out of the baskets, remove the soil and dry leaves from around the bulbs and store in a cool dry place. If they are planted straight in the ground, after they have died down they can be dug up and cleaned, stored and replanted later.
Next September replant the bulbs and the cycle starts again.
© Keith Hichisson, Langford Nurseries & Garden Centre
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