Feeding bulbs (was Lachenalia)

Rand Nicholson writserv@nbnet.nb.ca
Thu, 07 Apr 2005 04:42:35 PDT
Dear Lauw:

How does this work with a bulb that has produced a flush of leaves and is sending up a bloom stalk? I have had two somewhat different responses to this, concerning my mystery Lachenalia.


>Dear Alberto,
>I always read your comments with much intererest.
>But I feel that this statement needs qualifying a bit more, as it is a very
>interesting aspect when it concerns "bulbs".
> Plants only use minerals when there is chlorophytic activity.
> As for applying nutrients at the beginning of the cycle: the plants will
>not use them, as long as they have no leaves. The plant uses its reserves to
>create its structure. When the reserves become low, the plant should have
>sufficient leaves to enable rebuilding its reserves by absorbing minerals.
>When flowering takes place at the end of the cycle, leaves tend to
>disintegrate and assimilation of minerals stops. In that case there is
>little point of feeding the plant.
>I look forward to hear, what the plant physiologists amongst will think.
>Kind regards 
> le 6/04/05 21:42, Alberto Castillo à ezeizabotgard@hotmail.com a écrit :
>> No, do not feed it until the seed setting is over. The period
>> in which a winter or spring flowering bulbs is voracious is after the flower
>> is produced until the leaves are drying off. There is another previous
>> period in which it uses proper food and it is that between the root
>> production and the emergence of the first leaf in Autumn. Use something high
>> in potassium and with low or no nitrogen.
>Lauw de Jager
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