Fertilizer

  1. Control Those Spider Mites

    Control Those Spider Mites
    Female of the red form of the spider mite Tetranychus urticae with two silk threads. The substratum is a bean leaf. Keywords : mite acari Tetranychidae "red spider mite" "two spotted spider mite" "tetranyche tisserand" arachnida Tetranychus urticae Scale : mite body length ~0.5 mm Technical settings : - focus stack of 39 images - microscope objective (Nikon achromatic...
  2. Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days

    Irrigation Is Valuable During Long, Hot Summer Days
    Drip irrigation in New Mexico vineyard, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) During the long hot days of summer irrigate as needed to provide the equivalent of 1” of rain per week (enough water to saturate the soil to 1 foot deep). Irrigation is especially valuable for newly planted trees (1-2 years) whose root systems are not fully established deep into...
  3. What do I do if a plant is not growing vigorously the first year the way I expected it to?

    What do I do if a plant is not growing vigorously the first year the way I expected it to?
    English: A screen planting of bamboo, used to hide a roadway (Photo credit: Wikipedia) First we have to determine why. Sometimes it is in the nature of the plant not to grow vigorously in the first year, such as Monkey Puzzle or Bamboo. More often the root system is not growing and establishing properly. There can be several reasons...
  4. Fertilizing Your Container Plants

    Fertilizing Your Container Plants
    Select a fertilizer that is appropriate for the plant you are growing to get optimal performance in the container. Use citrus fertilizer for citrus plants, and blueberry/rhododendron fertilizer for vacciniums (blueberry, huckleberry, lingonberry and cranberry). For Bananas, encourage lots of vigorous growth initially with a foliage supportive formula that has a high nitrogen content, then switch to a formula that...
  5. How to Prevent Frost Damage on Non-Dormant Hardy Plants

    How to Prevent Frost Damage on Non-Dormant Hardy Plants
    Frost on plants on a very cold winter morning. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Most of the plants we ship are dormant from cold storage. However some are potted and are growing. The following is how to handle those leafed out plants. Sometimes you might receive non-dormant plants that would normally be dormant and ready to plant outside. Our hardy plant...
  6. Soil Testing Is Important to the Health of Your Garden

    Soil Testing Is Important to the Health of Your Garden
    Homeowners are encouraged to test their soils for nutrient needs, and to apply only what nutrients are needed for a healthy lawn. Farmers practice the same testing procedure. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How well did your plants grow for you last year? A soil test might be needed if you noticed last years’ growth was weak, off-color (red summer leaves...
  7. Mychorrizal fungi in your soil!

    Mychorrizal fungi in your soil!
    turned soil (Photo credit: willismonroe) If your soil has been recently disturbed, is low in organic matter, or is imported, your fruit trees will also benefit from the addition of mychorrizal fungi at planting time, #T185 Myco Paks. The fungal organisms in these packets are normally found in association with the root systems of healthy deciduous trees and some...

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