Planting Cedar Hedge - Knowledgebase Question

Orono, ON
Question by klaassch
October 14, 1998
What kind of fertilizer do you recommend using when planting a new cedar hedge? The plants are approximately 3 feet high.


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Answer from NGA
October 14, 1998

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As a general rule of thumb, you should only apply fertilizer to plants when they're actively growing, not to make them grow. Since your hedge is just now being planted, all they will require is an adjustment period and about one-inch of water per week. Roots will continue to grow until winter weather slows them down, but they'll pick up the pace in the springtime. As the new plants become established they will begin to grow new foliage. At that point you can broadcast a complete fertilizer onto the soil beneath the branches. Use about 2 pounds per 100 feet of row. Use a product with a 12-6-6 or an 8-8-8 formulation to encourage foliar, stem and root growth.

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