When to fertilize perennial beds (in Zone 6 RI)?

leslie6riMarch 15, 2011

Hello New England gardeners,

I've got some Osmocote all ready to be sprinkled on my perennial beds... When would be a good time to do this? Is it still too early? I do see signs of life out there... hellebores, pink nubs of bleeding hearts breaking through, poppies, etc. And the spring bulbs are coming up. (Hallelujah!)

When do you fertilize?



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carol6ma_7ari(zones 6 & 7a)

I would do it now, scratching the fertilizer in, before the many tender shoots appear. Then later, after those perennials show up, I'd mulch with composted manure, which is also a fertilizer, only less concentrated.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 3:50PM
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Just the answer I was hoping for. The Osmocote should give the perennials a good start, and my Spring bulbs will appreciate the boost after they've finished blooming.

Later in the season I intend to use composted leaves as a mulch, but will mix in some well-composted manure as well. Thanks for that tip as well.


    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 4:15PM
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