Spring bulb reminder

When spring bulbs have finished flowering, don’t forget to allow the foliage to die back before lifting bulbs. It is important to leave the foliage because the yellowing and fading occurs as the plants withdraw nutrients from the leaves to store in the bulbs for next season’s growth. Depriving spring bulbs of this essential part of their growth cycle will result in poor, or no, flowering next spring.

Spring bulbs

jonquil.jpg Don’t forget to water your spring bulbs regularly while they are in active growth. When flowering has finished, remove spent flower heads, and give them a drink of seaweed extract tea (e.g. Natrakelp). If the bed was well fertilised before planting the bulbs, they are unlikely to require any other fertiliser during the growing period.
Continue watering, and don’t remove foliage or lift bulbs until all the foliage has died back. While it may look untidy to some gardeners, it is important to leave foliage because the yellowing and fading occurs as the plants withdraws nutrients from the leaves to store in the bulbs for next season’s growth. Depriving spring bulbs of this essential part of their growth cycle will result in poor, or no, flowering next spring.