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Is this the proper way to fertilize flowers in flower beds

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by ant, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,494

    Based on the picture is this a proper way of fertilizing flowers in a flower bed


    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 20,333

    What are we looking at that you put down?
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  3. Matthews Lawn Care

    Matthews Lawn Care LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,240

    Looks like Miracle Grow.

    I never just pour it on the foliage. Just shake out about 1 cup around the plant and go.
  4. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 4,767

    Are they Sunpatiens? The look like sunpatiens, which should not be over fertilized. And the blue one is Salvia, which also does not require fertilizing & too much will make it flop. Not sure what the big white one is.
    In the Garden

    • Plant in well-drained soil rich in organic matter, such as compost
    • Incorporate a slow release fertilizer at 1/2 the label rates into the soil when you plant
    • An alternative way to fertilize is to apply water-soluble fertilizer at 1/3 the label rates, as needed; do not over fertilize
    • Plant in full sun or shade
    • Water plants well after planting and keep the media evenly moist until plants are established (7-10 days)
    • If plants wilt after they are established, simply water well and they should revive within 24 hours
    • In most cases, SunPatiens should not be cut back to control size as it alters their natural form; but, if Vigorous types get taller than desired in mid- to late summer, they can be cut back, taking off the top 1/3 of growth.
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  5. oqueoque

    oqueoque LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Jersey
    Messages: 4,767

    Here are compact Sunpatiens in September of 2018, that were not fertilized at all & were put in spaced at 12" to 15" apart using 306 flats of 18.
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  6. OP

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,494

    10.10.10 fert
  7. Idlewild

    Idlewild LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    For future plantings, as Oque mentioned, a coated slow release fertilizer would be better,
    Osmocote, etc... the granular fert on the foliage (in photo) may burn the plants, brush off
    or water off. Also, fertilizer * before * the mulch.
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  8. Jeff Merritt

    Jeff Merritt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    I agree on Osmocote or something similar in resin coated slow release. The fertilizer is non-burning and will last all season without having to re-apply. Osmocote is great in annual planters also. Been using it for years.

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