Did your tulips struggle to bloom this year? Spring flowering bulbs that fails to bloom is not uncommon. Learn what causes it and how to fix it with these simple tips.
Foliage that is cut back too early the prior spring affects the following year’s blooms. Bulbs store energy and need that foliage to prepare for the following year. Do not cut the foliage back until it is yellow.
If bulbs were transplanted, they may be stressed from the move and need time to re-acclimate.
If they have been located in the same place for several years, bulbs should be dug and divided after the leaves yellow in spring.
Bulbs should be fed with a 5-10-10 fertilizer granules when planting in fall and when leaves emerge to encourage better blooming.
Bulbs may be overfed with nitrogen which encourages leaf production instead of flowers. So check the first number on the fertilizer bag. And be certain lawn fertilizer is not seeping in where bulbs are planted.
Lack of sun – bulbs need full sun to grow (roughly 6-8 hours per day.)
Follow along to learn more about how to keep spring flowering bulbs blooming.