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Feeding spring bulbs

I planted drifts of spring bulbs (daffodils, tulips, crocuses, hyacinths and muscari) in borders and pots in the autumn, and they are just coming into growth now. Do I need to be feeding them, and if so before or when they flower? Do I need a special fertiliser, or will standard liquid feed do?


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 684
    I grow mine in similar ways to yourself. I don’t feed overwinter but come early spring I feed pots every couple of weeks or so with diluted Tomato fertilizer. Bulbs in ground get a watering can of the same feed a couple of times when flowers are finished but leaves are still feeding the bulbs. 
    I’ve got Muscari  all over😄 they don’t get fed. 
    Don’t fret about bulbs in borders as in nature no one goes round feeding them, 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,981
    No - they already have their food in the bulb   :)

    You can give them a feed or two when foliage is dying back if you want. Tomato food is ideal, but it isn't really necessary unless they're potted, as they're dependent on the soil mix they have in that. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thanks for your help. Wasn’t sure what to do as some of the info online is contradictory 🙂
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