The need to fertilize new fruit trees - Knowledgebase Question

Danville, Ca
Question by chavy816
February 14, 2010
I was wondering if it is necessary for me to fertilize an apple, lemon, and orange tree that I will be planting. They are all dwarf/semi dwarf and I will be using a soil conditioner. If so, what is an effective organic fertilizer for fruit bearing trees?


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Answer from NGA
February 14, 2010

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I don't routinely fertilize newly planted trees and shrubs. Plants use nutrients as they grow but you want your new trees to concentrate on developing a healthy root system rather than putting on top growth so there's not much point in forcing top growth with fertilizers. After planting you can mulch over the top of the soil with compost. As it breaks down it will provide nutrients to the roots of your trees. Best wishes with your new orchard!

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