Fertilizing Tips

Plant Type:

Evergreen and deciduous shade trees

When and What to Apply:

Apply Fertilome Tree & Shrub Food at the rate of 1 cup per inch of trunk diameter in February, May and September

Comments:

Apply fertilizer and water in. Working the fertilizer into the soil is unnecessary.

Plant Type:

Fruiting trees (citrus and stone fruit)

When and What to Apply:

Apply Fertilome Tree & Shrub Food, or Organo Citrus Food in February, May and September

Comments:

Trees may need additional trace elements such as iron, zinc or manganese

Plant Type:

Nut trees

When and What to Apply:

Apply Fertilome Tree & Shrub Food, or Organo Citrus Food in February, May and September

Comments:

Apply zinc to pecan trees twice annually

Plant Type:

Roses and other flowering shrubs

When and What to Apply:

Apply Fertilome Tree & Shrub Food, or Organo Rose Food monthly except for December and January

Comments:

Prune roses between January 1st and February 15th. Mulch in late spring. Watch for insects.

Plant Type:

Grapes

When and What to Apply:

Fertilize with 20-20-20 weekly all season long.

Comments:

Prepare soil with blood and bone meal. Deadhead plants regularly.

Plant Type:

Annuals, perennials, and ground covers; spring and fall vegetables

When and What to Apply:

Use a water soluble fertilizer weekly or Start-N-Grow fertilizer monthly

Comments:

Note: See our Garden Preparation Guide for more detailed instructions on pre-planting fertilizing. Soil preparation is the key to success. Mulch hot weather crops.

Plant Type:

Shrubs and hedges

When and What to Apply:

Apply Fertilome Tree and Shrub Food in February, May and September

Comments:

Add soil sulfur and mulch every summer and autumn.

Plant Type:

Bulbs

When and What to Apply:

Plant with bone and blood meal. Fertilize every 6 weeks during the growing season.

Comments:

Dust bulbs with insecticide and fungicide at time of planting.

Plant Type:

Geraniums

When and What to Apply:

Fertilize with 20-20-20 weekly all season long.

Comments:

Prepare soil with blood and bone meal. Deadhead plants regularly.

Plant Type:

Acid-loving plants (azaleas, gardenias, hydrangeas)

When and What to Apply:

Water-soluble acid fertilizer every 7 to 14 days. Granulated acid fertilizer every 30 days.

Comments:

Do not feed plants when they are in bloom. Add soil sulfur and mulch spring and autumn. Water slowly and thoroughly. Do not over water.

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