Tulips are peeking through. Do I fertilize now?

kimcocoMarch 16, 2009

I fertilized my Best Red perennial(--hopefully) tulips at planting time in Oct/Nov with an organic bulb fertilizer. They are now peeking through the soil.

Do I fertilize these now as they are peeking through the surface, when they are in bloom, after done blooming, etc.?

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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

Fertilize when planting, again when you see sprouts, and then one last time after bloom. Or, do what I do, and fertilize whenever you happen to think of it!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 2:15PM
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calistoga_al

Or what I do,never fertilize. I do my best to maintain fertile planting beds which never need fertilizer. Al

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 9:24AM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

I had planted tulips bulbs in Oct too. I used bulb fertilizer in the hole, the bed was also prepared with mushroom compost, so I dont know if I need to fertilize again. They are poking through the soil already too! I'm afraid that the fertilizer for the bulbs will harm the perennials I also have planted there.

kentstar

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 6:36AM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

"I'm afraid that the fertilizer for the bulbs will harm the perennials I also have planted there."

All my bulbs are overplanted with perennials. I have never seen harm to either from fertilizer meant for the other.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2009 at 8:59AM
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