The Best Fertilizer for Flowering Perennials

Balance is the key when feeding a new flowering perennial bed. Use a soil test to determine imbalances in the pH level and the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous or potassium; adjust accordingly. As a general rule, too much manure or other forms of nitrogen will give you all leaf and no flower. Apply a good "general purpose" bagged fertilizer (usually 5-10-10) every spring.

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Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.