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richard.spicer.7906

Based in St Albans. Making a career change to studying Horticulture. Likes most plants/shrubs, Bulb addict and converted succulent lover 😄

Ipheion uniflorum 'Rolf Fiedler'

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

Oh hello 😄👋🏼 I haven't seen Rolf since 3 years ago?!?! He's decided to show his face this year. He's not got any mates with him yet, but maybe they are on their way..... #ipheion #ipheion-uniflorum #ipheionuniflorum #ipheionuniflorumrolffiedler #blue

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anges

Gorgeous 💙 They've all started coming up at the same time in your garden☺ 💙

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richard.spicer.7906

I think they have done better this year under protection. The last couple of winters have been quite cold up to January and they never really got off to a good start. I don't even remember seeing much foliage, but this year I've got loads and a flower 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 he's in the polytunnel this year, and I've also been feeding him once every two weeks @anges

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anges

I don't feed bulbs, should I be doing?? 😕

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richard.spicer.7906

I hadn't started it till this year, just experimenting really - most bulbs shouldn't need feeding but I'm experimenting with those that I have in pots or have trouble getting to return satisfactorily (certain crocus, all my Iris reticulatas, my Nerines, this one and my winter growing gladiolus species plus a few others) @anges - it certainly doesn't do any harm, and if you apply feed like tomatorite before and after flowering, and as the foliage dies back, this will help bulb grow for next year

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ublaszko

I'm always wondering the same thing. Should I be feeding bulbs? It's a bit of a mystery to me 😅 I fed spring bulbs last year and they actually ended up leggy and the colours were faded. So I think newly planted bulbs do not need fertilising and I also read that when you buy bulbs they already have everything they need. I think you need to feed them in subsequent years. How much do you feed them Richard? I moved to fertilising bulbs after flowering, just one application with slow release food.

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ublaszko

I'd be interested to hear your methods of fertilising as I haven't heard of doing it biweekly. Do you use all purpose or one with high proportion of one element?

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lilybee

Such a pretty and delicate flower. 💙

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godfreye

So tiny but oh so beautiful Richard🤗

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juliesgarden

Aww 💙

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anges

I might feed them after flowering then Rich, don't want them leggy or faded 😂 Urszula @ublaszko 😄

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richard.spicer.7906

Well, it really depends which bulbs you are referring to @ublaszko 😊 - As mentioned above, I’m using Tomatorite as soon as I see growth come through surface, esp for my Iris and Crocus, and then will use Sulphate of potash after flowering for a period of six weeks-eight weeks.

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

Having some fun today learning about a few of my new plants 🤓 #ipheion #ipheion-uniflorum #ipheionuniflorum #ipheionuniflorumrolffiedler

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Nannaida

Lovely photo @richard.spicer.7906 🤗

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Ida! @Nannaida

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trevoramoore11yahoo.com

Lovely photo Richard Spring is in the air.

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richard.spicer.7906

It certainly is Trevor, I can't wait! @trevoramoore11yahoo.com

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justin

That's an amazingly beautiful photo Rich. Love it 🙌

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cnash

I love the blue, a stunning flower.😀

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polygro

Gorgeous colour!

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cjh123

What a beauty 😍

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richard.spicer.7906

Cheers Justin 🙌🏼 - it's such a great blue. Been trying to find some new winter and early spring flowering plants as I don't have that many. @justin

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Carolyn 😊 @cnash

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richard.spicer.7906

Aw, thanks Carol 😀, it certainly is @cjh123

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