Q. Why do my bulbs decrease year after year?
Even though the majority of bulbs will grow in almost any kind of soil, practically all bulbous plants thrive best in well-drained soil. In poorly drained soils, bulbs deteriorate and finally disappear. While most bulbs produce blooming plants in poor soil, many of them give better results in good soil.
How can you tell if your soil has what plants need? A soil test. When you send a soil sample to a lab, you get a detailed analysis of soil nutrients and you find out about deficiencies. The cooperative extension service in your state usually provides soil testing for a nominal fee.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service