26/02/19 - Star Plant Update - Rolf has some friends finally, and they didn’t disappoint 🥳 this is such a lovely plant and the flowers are very long lasting. I posted a pic of the first over 6 weeks ago and it’s just starting to fade! (bottom right flower). I picked the wrong weekend to start decorating, but I’m not sure I fully trust this weather right now, it’s still too early for a lot of plants to be waking up but at least the polytunnel is providing them some protection
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 #springstarflower
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
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
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.
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.