Five Steps to More and Better Flowers

Increase the number of blooms in your garden with some easy prep work.

By Therese Ciesinski


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If a soil test shows that your soil needs more nutrients than compost can supply, apply a slow-release organic fertilizer. Scientists at the University of Assiut in Egypt found that New York asters (Aster novi-belgii) given slow-release fertilizer bore more flowers, developed more branches, and produced more chlorophyll. Look for granular organic fertilizers in nurseries, home centers, and mail-order catalogs.