Serendipity or what?

aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. CanadaApril 15, 2011

I'm posting this now because some of you already have tulips blooming or they've finished, mine have yet to bloom.

Totally by accident I think I've found a way to fertilize these bulbs naturally, some of you might remember the picture I posted of this tulip I had growing in a half barrel last year.

I was running around looking for places to grow more beans :), I set up a tripod of bamboo canes in the half barrel these tulips were planted thinking they probably would either end up with fire blight or if not they wouldn't be as good the next year so I might as well utilize the space.

I wish the first picture showed more of the half barrel just so you could see the difference. I ran out and took this pic a few minutes ago, not only is the foliage very lush I can count 15 flower buds so far, last year there were only 10.

So I guess the beans fixed the nitrogen in the soil which fed the tulips :). It might be worth experimenting with, no need for any other fertilizer it seems. I love these happy accidents :).


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natalie4b(7b GA)

I love happy accidents, too! Of course, there is no such thing as accidents :)!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 5:39PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I'll be darn. They are going to be fantastic!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 6:09PM
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Well now, thats to cool! Good for you! Judy

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 6:23PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

Neat-0 Whenever I have peas or beans growing and they are "done" I cut the stems and take the foliage off their support but leave the roots still in the ground to decompose (thought they would do just that, and add nitrogen to the soil).

Wonder if the foliage and vining parts would add extra nitrogen to the soil too, if composted??? I tend to throw all dead veggie plants in the garbage in case they have any disease, but maybe it isn't so much a problem with beans?

PS. Love those fringed tulips! I remember the 'Cool Crystal' you posted pics of last year, but not these. Beautiful! I got some orange fringed 'Sensual Touch' last fall and am SO looking forward to bloom time...

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 8:26PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

That is so cool! And those tulips are gorgeous!

CMK, I toss all my bean and pea plants in the compost bin.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 8:36PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

I can't wait until you show us that pot with 15 flowers! WOW, it's going to be an amazing show!!!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 9:12PM
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