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Short flower stems in jonquils

What has caused the short flower stalks on my white jonquils?. Cream ones are fine. Also, planted into wine barrels fresh, new tulip bulbs that had been cold chilled for a few weeks but only about 25% have emerged and this happened over several weeks. I've had excellent success in previous years. Possible cause? I live in the Southern Highlands where we've had a very cold, dry winter. Thank you.

Submitted: 12:34PM, 12 Sep 2018
Answer: Hi Janet,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The short stems and poor performance are likely due to the dry weather we have been having this winter. If the bulbs lack a bit of water then the stem development and growth can be affected.

As they are in large barrels it is best to check that the water is getting to the roots and the bulbs. As the weather has been dry it is likely that the soil has become hydrophobic and the water is not reaching the roots. A regular application of Yates Waterwise Soil Saturator can assist here.

Don’t forget to feed your flowering bulbs regularly as they are in flower and as they are dying down. Thrive Naturals Roses and Flowers Liquid Fertiliser is the perfect choice as the nutrients are fast absorbed into the roots and will give your bulbs a good start for the next season.

Kind regards

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