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Kajukid

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feeding JBP??
« on: August 31, 2011, 11:57 AM »
when should i feed the pine? i have given them seaweed extract about 2 time in the last month in a half... they are small starter pines...if someone can please help me the the time of the seasons to feed the pine, that would be great...thanks...
 

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Re: feeding JBP??
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 12:07 PM »
You might want to add your location and zone to your profile.

It depends on what you're goal is, what your soil is, and your watering habits.

When growing out seedlings I feed a lot.  For 6" pot seedlings I being in early Spring (March, usually) with 2 cakes.  Every week or two (when I remember, but trying to stick to 1 week) I add two more cakes and alternate fish emulsion, seaweed, and seaweed plus iron.  Throughout the growing season I'll remove some of the older cakes to make room for more/fresh cakes.  I might also have to refresh the top inch of soil in mid summer, depending on how the massive amount of fertilizer has broken down.  Continue feeding through late Fall (late November).  I'll then likely have to refresh the top of the soil again before Winter storage.

This works for me, with my soil, with my watering habits.
 

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Re: feeding JBP??
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 12:13 PM »
For more developed trees that require decandling there's a timing factor involved to achieve short needles.

Steven's post shows a good amount of cakes after several weeks of applications (http://bonsaistudygroup.com/japanese-black-pine-discussion/newest-addition-jbp/).
 

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Re: feeding JBP??
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 12:31 PM »
i live in California and i am in zone 14....well my pines are in 20% organic 80% inorganic...i have red lava rock, pumice, decomposted granite and compost....i been wanting to get Akadama to make a mix with but i keep hearing that, that stuffs breaks down and can trun into a big clump of clay...i posted pic of my pines in a post...."what should i do with my pine", u wrote somethin on there...but thanks for the help
 

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011, 01:27 PM »
Good quality Akadama doesn't break down as quickly.  Lots of us on here in all parts of the country use it with great success, and have for years.
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 01:37 PM »
Also, you might want to double check your zone.  I doubt very much that you're in zone 14.
 

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Re: feeding JBP??
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2011, 01:48 PM »
oops hahaha. i was looking at this old book that says zone 14 but after lookin on the web, it says zone 3-4... so i dont know...lol