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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Oct 14, 2020 12:01 PM CST
I admit to being obsessive and my family agrees. Does anyone fertilize their Dls in the fall. If so with what?
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Oct 14, 2020 1:36 PM CST
I like to fertilize in fall and in spring. Growing a lot of plants in pots I also tend to fertilize through out the year. I am constantly digging, dividing, and potting plants. New plants are also generally being added all throughout the year, so fertilizing is also being done throughout the year. I am not too selective in the fertilizer I use, and am constantly mixing up what ever is on hand so seldom do my plants get the same formula. I have urea, Milorganite, 16-4-8, and even some miracle grow on hand. What mixture the plants actually get tossed depends more on my budget and gut feelings than any scientific determination of what is actually the best thing for the plants. Even though it is not actually fertilizer, I also tend to amend the soil with lots of organic matter, mostly grass clippings and leaves, tons of them added every year. This is not just for the sake of the daylilies but I actually enjoy it and feel it helps keep me in condition to some degree. I was noticing the other day the amount of worm castings building up on top of the soil down in the bog, so I suppose that is also classified more as amendments, but still to me is sort of fertilizer.
I just feel daylilies will grow and bloom without much fertilizer, or amendments, and they don't seem too picky on the soil they are grown in. But, I know they will perform much better if water, fertilizer and organic matter are added.
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Oct 14, 2020 3:25 PM CST
milorganite in sept. here. Again in the spring
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Oct 14, 2020 3:56 PM CST
Thanks Larry and Pam. All the sources are out of Milgoranite here.
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Pat236
Oct 14, 2020 7:08 PM CST
Paul2032 said:Thanks Larry and Pam. All the sources are out of Milgoranite here.


Paul, I get mine from the local Home Depot in my area. I use the Milorganite, alfalfa pellets, and 10-10-10 or Osmocte in the fall. I go light on alfalfa pellets in the spring as someone said they tend to heat up. I also save up my eggshells and coffee grounds year round to add to the soil. Earthworm castings purchased from Walmart or Home Depot are added to my soil when planting spring or fall.
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Name: Kenny Shively
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kennysh
Oct 14, 2020 7:34 PM CST
Leaf compost,coffee grounds,alapaha pellets, or worm castings in early fall and maybe an early dose of liquid fish emulsion/ seaweed spray. Thumbs up Smiling
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Oct 14, 2020 8:14 PM CST
I've been buying lobster compost, although I'm guessing that's pretty regional... Thinking
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Oct 15, 2020 7:04 AM CST
Pat, I too supplement with osmocote and 10 10 10. Im kinda random about that.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Oct 15, 2020 10:12 AM CST
Thanks everyone. I'm going to spread some 5-4-6 Organic fertilizer and some alfalfa pellets around the Dls and work it in lightly. I think alfalfa pellets only heat up if you put a handful in a planting whole, don't mix them in well, and then put the plant on top of the pellets.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Oct 16, 2020 7:05 AM CST
I cant use pellets in any form. Brings the rats. Not that its the rats, I dont see them in the day, its that they eat the plant roots.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Oct 16, 2020 7:11 AM CST
We all have different challenges. Some years mine are the deer,
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