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Too much leaf, not enough flower!

TomskTomsk Posts: 204

I have plants in the soil and in pots (with the same soil, taken from the main soil area)

It's a mixture of decades-old soil with old stones and bits of brick, glass, etc, and my own compost made out of mostly vegetable peelings over the years (so probably not nearly enough 'browns')

I have various daffs, tulips, gladioli and other plants, which I only started planting a couple of years ago, but the flowers always seem to be overwhelmed by leaves.

I assume this is a sign there's too much nitrogen in the soil? Is there anything I can do to make the flowers more prominent? I know and accept that the leaves are important to feed the bulbs when they've finished flowering, so I'm reluctant to cut them back, but can anything be done to slow their growth while they're flowering?

When I walk past other houses' front gardens and see the exact same plants in them, they look completely different, with the flowers being the main thing to see, not buried underneath a sea of leaves.

Also, in case it's relevant, the tulips seem to stand upright on their own, while the daffs all lean right over, as though the stem isn't strong enough.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913

    Hi Tomsk - could you take some photos of the plants for us - then we can see whether your plants are behaving fairly normally or whether there's something amiss image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,987

    Some bulbs come up 'blind' for a variety of reasons.  Over crowding, not enough nutrients, etc.  They don't have energy to make a flower.  I don't know if it's the reason you're having trouble, but you might consider.  

    Utah, USA.
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