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February 16, 2013 10:19 AM

Gardener’s almanac (Feb. 16)

Fertilizing spring-flowering bulbs – We tend to want to fertilize spring-flowering bulbs when they flower, but the roots are starting to die at that point, so fertilizing then is wasted, Ward Upham of K-State says. Roots are active when the foliage first pushes up through the ground, so that’s the time to fertilize. But even then, the food is for next year’s flowering, not this year’s, Upham says. If you’ve fertilized in the past, the bulbs may not need any more. The only way to know for sure is with a soil test.

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