Fertilizing Crocus

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 08:54:11 PST
Thanks, Jane.

Your suggestions accord with my prejudice, but I've never bothered much 
with fertilizing the outdoor beds.  I think I should probably start.

I use a soluble fertilizer for everything, usually just plants inside a 
greenhouse.  I use Jack's Professional Peat-Lite, 20-10-20 with 
micronutrients.  The drip systems feed 100 ppm N at every watering.  When I 
hand feed, the N is closer to 200 or even 300 ppm in the water.

For the Spring feedings, I'll probably wait until well after the ground has 
thawed out below bulb depth.  That would probably be mid- to late March 
around here.

Jim Shields
in sunny and mild Westfield, Indiana

At 09:38 AM 11/13/2009 -0800, you wrote:
>Jim SHields asked,
> >When should I feed my Crocus?   Crocus nudiflorus has completely
> >disappeared after blooming a few weeks ago, but C. cartwrightianus is still
> >pushing up fresh flowers and has green leaves.
>I always give my winter-growing bulbs (those that have root growth
>starting in fall) one feed in October, and then three at 3-week
>intervals starting in early February. This, along with the nutrients
>in the soil, seems to suit them. I use a soluble fertilizer applied
>at about half the strength recommended for perennials.
>Jane McGary
>Northwestern Oregon, USA
>pbs mailing list

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