Brugmansias forum: Best fertilizer

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OH (Zone 5a)
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Pandora
Sep 3, 2016 12:07 PM CST
What is your best fertilizer to get blooms? How often? Do you mix as directed or make stronger?
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Sep 10, 2016 4:46 PM CST
Double strength Miracle Grow a couple times a week and I also sprinkle some epsom salts around the base of the plant and water in a few times during the summer.
OH (Zone 5a)
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Pandora
Sep 10, 2016 9:10 PM CST
Thanks again Anna. I hope I get a bloom before winter. I already told all 5 this is their last year. Next stop is the brush pile.
Name: Julie Lee
Gibson, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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JLeeLA
Sep 20, 2016 2:43 PM CST
Hands down Osmacote! Every other week!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 20, 2016 3:00 PM CST
Really?? Yikes!! My Osmocote package says it lasts for 3 months. Now that's not exact because here in FL it lasts less than that so I re-apply it every 2 months through summer in outdoor potted plants. But I think putting on a timed-release fert every two weeks is going to cause your plants grief once the doses start overlapping. This year I used Dynamite, a fertilizer formulated specially for Florida (high humidity, hot) conditions and it's supposed to last 9 months which means I only have to put it on in the spring, once a year.

Anna, on the Epsom Salts I can't find the article again but I'll post the link when I do. It says that foliar spraying is more effective on most plants because other minerals such a phosphorus in soil or other fertilizers can 'bind' up the magnesium in the Epsom salts making it not as easily available to the plant through the soil. I've been spraying it on my orchids for quite a while but now I just mix up another sprayer and do all the Brugs and tomatoes and other things (anything standing in my way, right?) as well. At least once a month, more often if we've had heavy rain.
Elaine

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Name: Julie Lee
Gibson, Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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JLeeLA
Sep 20, 2016 3:07 PM CST
Yes. My plants are flourishing with Osmacote, seriously, it hasnt hurt them at all ! Summer is almost over and its been fine. You can't over fertilize the plants, they love it. Proven fact at my neck.of the woods and experience 😎 Hurray!
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