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Old 04-19-2008, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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How often do you guys fertilize your basjoo's and how much do you give them? Powder or liquid? Just want to get this right to grow the biggest basjoo's. I have 6 more coming Wednesday, for a total of 8!!!
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Old 04-19-2008, 07:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Whatever you want as long as they are activily growing. Its hard to overfeed them.
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Best to do a balanced blend feed?
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Top feed them with organic mater such as compost. I steer clear of the chemicals.
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How often do you guys fertilize your basjoo's and how much do you give them? Powder or liquid? Just want to get this right to grow the biggest basjoo's. I have 6 more coming Wednesday, for a total of 8!!!
Since you are not growing the Basjoos for fruit, rose fertilizer would be ideal. Follow the directions on the package.

Liquid fertilizers and liquid-soluble powders are readily absorbed by plants. Granular fertilizers take longer to break down but usually offer more nutrients.
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I have been using big organic fertilizer spikes 5-2-4 with micros. 3 spikes per plant every month in my greenhouse potted bananas. The results have been outstanding. A company I consult for in Washington started manufacturing the spikes last year and my greenhouse and an organic tomato growers greenhouse were used as test plots. I listed them on my eBay store, here's the link if you want to look at them.

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I have been using big organic fertilizer spikes 5-2-4 with micros. 3 spikes per plant every month in my greenhouse potted bananas. The results have been outstanding. A company I consult for in Washington started manufacturing the spikes last year and my greenhouse and an organic tomato growers greenhouse were used as test plots. I listed them on my eBay store, here's the link if you want to look at them.

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Yes, this is another great solution. For fruiting plants, I would supplement this with extra Potash. With 3 of the 5-2-4 spikes per plant, I would use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of 0-0-10 Potash per pot or plant per month, depending on pot or plant size.
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I give about a cup of 10-10-10 per month. I can get 40 lb bags at lowes for about 5 dollars. I have since gotten chickens and I don't want them to eat the fertilizer so I won't use any this year. Maybe horse manure.
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Chickens will not eat the fertilizer, so go ahead. I am trying chicken fertilizer on one of my naners and spraying a home brew on others.
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Horse manure is another good choice. For fruiting naners and fruit trees in general you'll need about 3.5 cubic feet per year. Essentially, it is your mulch.
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