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Soil type and fertilizer for Juniper? 2 weeks 4 days ago #60681

I just put Miracle Grow Plant Food on my Juniper. I took the" Caring for your Juniper course" and the instructor suggested a 4, 4, 4 ratio. I could not find this ratio. Does anyone have a suggestion for a fertilizer brand and ratio. Also, I noticed in the video that most of the trees were planted in dirt mixture. The mixture, I used was TInyroots all purpose mixture which has almost a rock like texture; it drains very well, so I'm wondering if I should water more often. I don't have any brown, but it looks dry.

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Soil type and fertilizer for Juniper? 2 weeks 4 days ago #60682

If the soil feels dry then water. I would not use Miracle Grow, but if you are fine. I use Boigld only and seaweed extract, only every two weeks The ratio does not matter as long as it is balanced NPK with the fertiliser and make sure that you dilute to the instructions on the bottle.
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Soil type and fertilizer for Juniper? 2 weeks 3 days ago #60694

How do you know a fertilizer is balanced?
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Soil type and fertilizer for Juniper? 2 weeks 3 days ago #60695

A normal ratio in your fertilizer can be N7 / P5/ K6 for a tree in development fase in summer, but , there's always a but, depending on the species, age, soil etc. this can be vary.
For example, an older larch need less to none N in his fertilizer.
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Soil type and fertilizer for Juniper? 2 weeks 3 days ago #60697

Thats what I thought to. Ratio is important then?
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Soil type and fertilizer for Juniper? 2 weeks 3 days ago #60701

The main fertilizer ingredients, NPK, all do different things. If you read a lot posts here and talk with a lot of people who grow trees and other plants they all have their own habits, and all the trees grow. The trees probably need more N in the spring and less in the fall, but most of us just fertilize and don't worry too much. Make sure that none of the numbers are zero.

I would fertilize every week if it isn't raining. By the third or fourth day of watering most of the fertilizer will have washed out the drainage holes. I like biogold because the pellets release slowly and it doesn't all wash out with watering.

Some swear by the label "organic". N is nitrogen and it is just as inorganic as can be. In the USA it is primarily an advertising term and has no real meaning.
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