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

Posted by leslie6ri (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 15, 11 at 11:01

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?

Thanks,

Leslie


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

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.


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

Carol,

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.

Leslie


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