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How to care for your Spring Bulbs
This week, we are answering your questions about spring bulbs.
One of the best parts of spring, tulips, daffodils, and all those bulbs bring color to the landscape. So, let’s talk about what not to do to your spring bulbs. Our experts talk about common gardening mistakes and how to avoid them.
Feeding Your Spring Bulbs
As the spring bulb’s flowers begin to fade, feel free to deadhead the spent flowers. But, leave that foliage alone! This spring, if you have not fed your bulbs. It is best to feed before they flower. Gardeners feel free to feed now as well but leave their foliage alone.
What if a few weeds are popping up where they’re growing? You can treat weeds by hand weeding or spot treat with Roundup. You can even apply a pre-emergent to help stop weed seeds from growing in the future.
How to handle the foliage of Spring Bulbs
By the way, did I mention leaving the bulb’s foliage alone? It is best to let them stay green and grow as long as you can. You should let them grow until they begin to turn yellow, for new flowers to appear next year.
When should you cut them back? They need a minimum of 6 weeks or more of good green foliage before you should consider cutting them back.
Do not Braid the Foliage
And by all means, do not braid their foliage or bend them over and rubber band them together.
Digging, Transplanting & Dividing
Once the foliage has yellowed, that’s the perfect time to dig, divide and transplant those bulbs if needed.
Have a question? Ask our horticulturalists!