bulbs, rake back the mulch and broadcast a granular fertilizer
across the soil surface. Replace the mulch to protect the soil
surface from erosion and nutrient loss to runoff. The fertilizer
will be carried down into the soil with rain, snow melt and winter's
King Alfred daffodil
fertilize in the fall, a slow-release source of nutrients is best,
such as an organic fertilizer or an organic-based fertilizer.
Whatever slow-release fertilizer you choose, be sure it is low in
nitrogen and higher in phosphorous and potash. All fertilizers are
labeled with three numbers that indicate the percentage of those
nutrients. They are always listed in the same order:
Brent and Becky
Heath from Brent and Becky's Bulbs recommend a fertilizer called
Bulb Mate, with an analysis of 5-10-12. However, if you fertilize in
the spring, a more water-soluble source of nutrients is a better
choice, such as 5-10-10.
slow-release fertilizers have to be broken down into a form that the
plants can use, usually by microbial activity. When you fertilize in
the spring, slow-release fertilizers may not be broken down in time
for the bulbs to use the nutrients before their summer dormancy.
Lawn and garden fertilizer