October is the month that existing beds of spring-flowering bulbs such as
daffodils and tulips are fertilized. If bulbs have been fertilized in the
past, there is often plenty of phosphorus and potassium in the soil.
It is best to use a soil test to be certain. If the soil needs phosphorus
and potassium, use a complete fertilizer (such as 10-10-10, 9-9-6, etc.) at
the rate of 2.5 lbs. per 100 square feet. This would equal 1 rounded
teaspoon per square foot. If phosphorus and potassium are not needed, blood
meal makes an excellent fertilizer. It should be applied at the rate of 2
pounds per 100 square feet or 1 teaspoon per square foot. Turf fertilizers
such as a 27-3-3 or 30-3-3 can be used, but cut the rate by a third.
By: Ward Upham