Fertilizing Crocus

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Fri, 13 Nov 2009 09:38:31 PST
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

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