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somegeek

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Feeding Schedule?
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:38 PM »
How do folks manage their feeding schedules for their plants?  I am pondering numbering my pots and putting a excel spreadsheet together to know when to feed, add epsom salts, etc.  At the moment I have nothing and know my plants will benefit from a proper feeding schedule.

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Re: Feeding Schedule?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009, 07:04 PM »
All my trees get the same treatment.
Biogold from the beginning of April to the end of September. Liquid seaweed from the beginning March to the end of October.

FYI: Biogold is a japanese fertilizer pellet. I grow mostly shimpaku and satsuki azaleas.

I would not recommend messing with salts and all that other stuff, unless after years of experience you would happen to set up a test situation with cuttings. For the experiment you would need to have a control as well, for example a cutting with no fertilizer at all. But generally, you wont need salts and etc.

All that I have said is my opinion and works for me and my set up in St. Louis, MO. My plan might not be the best in other places, so you will need to find out what works best for you.
 

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Re: Feeding Schedule?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009, 08:31 PM »
I think shimsuki said it very well.  I'm sure lot's of people have lots of suggestions with their own experience, and I'm looking forward to seeing more from others.  Here's mine:

I start a little earlier and continue to fertilize a little later, but pretty similar.

Components:
  • Organic fertilizer cakes (Bone meal, cottonseed meal, fish emulsion, flower, water)
  • Fish Emulsion
  • Liquid Seaweed
  • Liquid Seaweed + Iron

Schedule:
Week 1Liquid Seaweed
Week 2Fish Emulsion
Week 3Liquid Seaweed + Iron
Week 4Fish Emulsion

Start with 3-6 fertilizer cakes, depending on the size of the tree, evenly distributed across the surface of the soil.  Add 2 cakes ever 2-4 weeks onto open areas of the bonsai soil.  Fertilizer cakes can stay on the tree for 4-6 weeks before they need to be removed.  At the time of their removal they may be replaced with new cakes.

This schedule is adjusted somewhat through the growing season to control growth on different species.  For example, defoliated maples and decandled pines will get a little different treatment to control the size of leaf and length of needles, etc.

Keeping track:
Cheap wall calendar to write on to keep track of when and what.  I also try to keep track in my bonsai journal that I use to keep info and dates (repotting, etc) in.

Disclaimer:
This works well for me, in my location, with my watering habits, with the soil mix that I use.
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