Host Richard Hentschel discusses how to manage spring bulbs once the blooms fade. Bulbs need time to rebuild reserves and create next seasons bloom show. Leaving the foliage in place as long as possible and letting those leaves turn brown all on their own is the best. Deadheading the flowers to remove the seed head is another way of focusing the movement of food reserves into the bulb. Hiding the leaves by planting in front or allowing other perennials grow and cover them is an easy way to care for them. Spring bulbs can also be fertilized at or just after bloom too.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.