Yamadori: what should I fertilize with?

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Yamadori: what should I fertilize with?

Post  kral0001 on Sun May 20, 2012 5:57 pm

I have some trees that I have dug up or buyed from a nursery, that I hope will become bonsai-trees, but they need to grow! What should I fertilize with? I order things from Kaizen Bonsai sometimes and Stonelantern, do they have the products I need?

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun May 20, 2012 7:03 pm

Fertilizer is pretty much all the same, at least in the US. I use a time release product similar to Osmocote called Multicote. I use it because it has trace elements. If you only have a few plants a liquid makes sense, you mix with water according to package directions and use it as you normally water your plants.

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Post  JimLewis on Sun May 20, 2012 8:09 pm

Any houseplant fertilizer with the major elements Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium and the essential trace elements will be fine. No need to buy a fertilizer with "bonsai" in the name. It will be twice as expensive as necessary.

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Post  PeacefulAres on Mon May 21, 2012 3:42 am

JimLewis wrote:Any houseplant fertilizer with the major elements Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium and the essential trace elements will be fine. No need to buy a fertilizer with "bonsai" in the name. It will be twice as expensive as necessary.

What about regular, all purpose miracle-gro? I found a big tub of it that was on sale for like a 6th of the regular price and my trees have been growing noticeably faster since I began feeding them. Will it be okay to continue using it in the long term?

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Post  Poink88 on Mon May 21, 2012 3:51 am

PeacefulAres wrote:What about regular, all purpose miracle-gro? I found a big tub of it that was on sale for like a 6th of the regular price and have notice that my trees have been growing noticeably faster since I began feeding them. Will it be okay to continue using it in the long term?
Miracle Gro All Purpose is what I use and about half of my trees are "collected".

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Post  JimLewis on Mon May 21, 2012 1:21 pm

What about regular, all purpose miracle-gro? I found a big tub of it that was on sale for like a 6th of the regular price and my trees have been growing noticeably faster since I began feeding them. Will it be okay to continue using it in the long term?

Any of the MG fertilizers would be fine. I use their "tomato" fertilizer (Ridiculous name!) because it is the closest to "balanced' I can find in my area.

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