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Old 04-09-2005, 04:21 PM
Carol
 
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I read that during the second half of August and September it's a good
idea to use a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen (or without nitrogen),
and I purchased a plant food for tomatoes. The analysis on the package
shows 4-7-10. Now I'm wondering how to apply it - in granular form or
mixed with water - and if mixed with water what should the ratio be?

The instructions on the package say that for a potted [tomato] plant use
one teaspoon for 4 inches of pot diameter and apply every 10 to 14
days. If anyone uses a similar plant food, I would appreciate any advice.

With thanks,

Carol Schroeder
Maryland, Zone 6/7

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Old 04-09-2005, 06:18 PM
Jim Lewis
 
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Carol wrote:
I read that during the second half of August and September it's a good
idea to use a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen (or without nitrogen),
and I purchased a plant food for tomatoes. The analysis on the package
shows 4-7-10. Now I'm wondering how to apply it - in granular form or
mixed with water - and if mixed with water what should the ratio be?

The instructions on the package say that for a potted [tomato] plant use
one teaspoon for 4 inches of pot diameter and apply every 10 to 14
days. If anyone uses a similar plant food, I would appreciate any advice.



If your maples suddenly sprout tomatoes, don't blame us! :-)

I'd follow the label instructions. I also wouldn't worry
much about the low/no nitrogen thing. Trees use what they need.

Jim Lewis - - Tallahassee, FL - Nature
encourages no looseness, pardons no errors. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Old 04-09-2005, 09:27 PM
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Hi Carol - You are about to see tomatoes growing on your junipers!
Well, not really: but what you really want at this time of year is a
fertilizer which is high in Phosphorous. I use super-phosphate, but the
ashes from your charcoal grill will do the job too.
Just use it sparingly. A light dusting on the surface of your bonsai is
sufficient. Then water it in. As for the tomato fertilizer, I can't see
that it will harm any of your acid-loving trees if used sparingly on them.
Best regards,
Marty
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I read that during the second half of August and September it's a good idea
to use a fertilizer that is low in nitrogen (or without nitrogen), and I
purchased a plant food for tomatoes. The analysis on the package shows
4-7-10. Now I'm wondering how to apply it - in granular form or mixed with
water - and if mixed with water what should the ratio be?

The instructions on the package say that for a potted [tomato] plant use
one teaspoon for 4 inches of pot diameter and apply every 10 to 14 days.
If anyone uses a similar plant food, I would appreciate any advice.

With thanks,

Carol Schroeder
Maryland, Zone 6/7

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