The Importance Of Fertilizing Tulips Each Spring

There’s a key step to keeping tulips and other spring bulbs healthy and blooming year after year. Tulips and other bulbs usually bloom spectacularly the first spring following planting. But they’re often a disappointment in following years. It’s usually because they lacked the proper nutrition in spring. I’ll refer to tulips, but all spring bulbs react in…
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When To Divide Perennial Flowers

There’s lots to remember with the far-reaching topic of gardening. How do you know when it’s the right season to divide perennials? Some are best divided in spring, others in fall. How can you possibly remember which is which? Luckily there is a very easy-to-remember rule of thumb. If a perennial blooms in spring or…
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Dangerous Time Of Year For Perennials

A year ago we experienced nearly unprecedented winterkill of perennial flowers. Often several intertwined weather and environmental conditions contribute to the problem. But one of the major causes of winter die-out is occurring right now, in late winter. The months of February and March are very dangerous times to be a perennial flower. Warm spells alternate…
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Why Plants Need Winter Insulation

I like gardening words and phrases because they’re often quaint. One of my favorites is asking someone if their perennials heaved. No, it doesn’t mean the plants were sick to their stomachs. It means the perennials literally heave up out of the ground when their roots are torn from the freezing and thawing action of…
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