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Fertilizing for maples?


Need some direction. Trying to figure out the best fertilizing technique for several a. Palmatum. Should I follow Peter Adam's suggestions in his book, or go with a simple 5-5-5 all purpose organic cake mix? Any advice will be most appreciated.

Dave Murphy:
Cakes are fine...they are slow release, feed the tree every time it is watered, but will need to be replenished periodically throughout the growing season.  I don't use them because they gunk up my soil.  I apply a combination of full strength miracle gro or peters along with fish/seaweed emulsion every 5-7 days.  Ultimately, it doesn't matter what you use as long as you feed aggressively, assuming you want alot of growth for styling.


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