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How to Increase Blooms on Perennial Flowers
Boost blooms on roses and other perennials by adding fertilizer now. When you add fertilizer in early spring, you’ll get more boom out of blooms from your lush roses, echinacea and other perennials.
Did you also know that regular feeding improves overall health, so flowers are better able to resist diseases and pests? Roses and perennials bloom even more if you cut off flowers, or deadhead, as they fade.
- Watch for these signs. Start fertilizing roses and perennials when you see new growth.
- Choose the right fertilizer. For roses, pick a rose fertilizer that contains a balanced mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. All-in-one fertilizers help control pests and diseases. For all perennials, you can use time-release granular fertilizers, such as Miracle-Gro Shake ‘n Feed. These gradually add nutrients over a three-month span.
- Before you begin. Lightly water around the base of roses before applying a fertilizer.
- Keep a trowel handy. Follow directions for amount to apply. Use a trowel to lightly work fertilizer into the soil.
- Know when to feed again. Feed every 4 to 6 weeks for liquid fertilizers or every three months if using a longer-lasting granular fertilizer.
- Aftercare instructions. Water thoroughly after fertilizing.
- Wear Gloves. Wear sturdy gloves when working with roses.
- Get a clean cut. Use a sharp pair of hand pruners for a clean cut.
- Cut faded blooms. Deadhead perennials and annuals by cutting or pinching off faded blooms. For tall-stemmed perennials, snip at the base of the plant’s stem.
- Watch the leaves. Avoid removing leaves since they provide nutrients for future blooms.
- Make it easy. Make this task effortless by doing a little each day.