Today's Home: Getting bulbs to bloom

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Everywhere you look, there's a bit of color popping up, but if you've got some spring flowers that just won't bloom, don't give up on them just yet.

    If you have bulbs at home that you've had for years, but for some reason they are just not blooming, there are a few things you can do to get them to bloom next year.

    The first thing is that you need lots of sunshine. Bulbs need about four to five hours of sunshine in order to store food for the next year. Maybe your trees have grown bigger over time, so they are in more shade. You can either trim up your trees to let more light in on these bulbs, or simply re-locate your bulbs.

    Don't forget about fertilizing. When was the last time you fertilized your bulbs? Probably never. So, get a high phosphorus fertilizer and sprinkle it on the ground around December or January, right when your bulbs are staring to pop up, so they can get to this nutrient and start to build up that power.

    Once they are done blooming, you want to fertilize them again with something like Bone Meal, which is an organic fertilizer. You just sprinkle it on the ground and water it in. The bulbs will now store up energy for next year.

    If your bulbs still don't bloom, don't forget that sometimes you have to divide your bulbs about every three to five years. Just get a pitchfork, dig them up, and divide them. That is all you have to do.

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