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By Scott Eckert, K-State Extension
March 20, 2013 2:02 p.m.



Green is on the way! The green of spring, that is! Flowers add so much color to any landscape. Bulb flowers like daffodils, tulips and crocus greatly benefited from the recent moisture provided by great snowfall a few weeks

ago.

As spring-flowering bulbs go through the flowering process, keep

three care tips in mind:



1. If practical, remove spent flowers with a scissors or a hand pruner. This allows the plant to conserve its energy for bloom the next year rather than using it to produce seed.

2. Be sure to allow foliage to die naturally — it is needed to manufacture food that will be stored in the bulb and used for next year's flowers.



3. Don't fertilize. The roots of these plants start to shut down after flowering. Fertilizer applied at this time is wasted. Instead, fertilize during the fall at the time bulbs are normally planted and again in the spring when new growth pokes out of the ground.

Scott Eckert is a Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County. Horticulture is his specialty.

 

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