how long to fertilize new plants?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Gardener, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. I installed new plants at a house and i want to give em a kickstart. they have been in for 3 weeks now. if it was June id be fertilizing in a week or so but its not...how long should i wait?
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  2. greendoctor

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    I give new plantings a high volume liquid application 14 days after planting. Solution concentration is up to 5 lb per 100 gallons, 50 gallons per 1000 sq ft. Keeping in mind that moving them from the nursery to the landscape is an example of moving to the wrong side of the tracks. At the nursery, they probably got controlled release granules mixed into their media and solubles injected into the irrigation.
     
  3. what about granular?
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    What kind of plants and what does the soil test look like? I ask myself the same questions whether it is granular or liquid. Which is why I did not suggest a specific analysis or formula.
     
  5. plumbago, bougie, allamanda, Begonia odorata, mussaenda, etc.

    did not take a soil test but i use 13-3-13 or 8-2-12 for ornamentals and it does the trick....
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    If that is slow release or partially slow release, you may even want to apply it at time of planting. It will be at least 7 days before it gets into the plant. When I did use granules, I would apply a little at the bottom of the planting hole and topdress more on the surface.
     
  7. yea both are 50% i believe....so i can def apply now then...wont cause any damage?
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  8. greendoctor

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    Better apply now or the plants will start going downhill. I know quite well they were not planted in beds with 18" of ProMix blended with Osmocote and Micromax. Your irrigation system is not dispensing 100 PPM of N from 20-20-20 either.
     

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