Fish Fertilizer Concentration?

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Fish Fertilizer Concentration?

Post  William Feldman on Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:46 pm

Does anyone use fish fertilizer?  The instructions on the Alaska Fish Fertilizer bottle for "Container Outdoor Plants" say to "Mix 1 Tablespoon per gallon of water for every cubic foot of soil."  I'm not sure if it is saying to use a stronger solution for pots with more volume, or just to use more of the solution at the same concentration.

Also, there is a lot of advice online saying that when mixing fertilizer for Bonsai with well-draining soil, we should use a stronger solution than what the instructions recommend for "container plants".  Does that apply to fish fertilizer as well?  Thanks in advance.


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Post  JimLewis on Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:31 pm

Hard to overdo fish emulsion.

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Post  beer city snake on Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:34 pm

in answer to your query, i personally use 1 tbsp per gallon, no matter how many trees i am watering or how much soil is in the pot... those factors just dictate how many gallons i will be mixing up.

and speaking of mixing up:
careful w/ using some fertilizers at greater than the recommended strength, especially non-organic ones...

and thats all i will say on that as hopefully more fertile ( Razz ) minds than mine will chime in


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Post  Auballagh on Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:24 am

If you have the trees (plants?) in free-draining Bonsai Soil that you want to fertilize - then it will be difficult to use too much organic fertilizer.
Bonsai soil doesn't retain fertilizer or water very well, as compared to other types of potting media. This makes it safer and desirable, to feed your trees more often.
And, because of this, I fertilize my own trees once per week in the warmer, growing season months.

Plus, you may want to consider a fish emulsion/seaweed mix fertilizer. That combination of trace elements and nutrients is hard to beat when feeding your trees.  Cool 

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Post  Sam Ogranaja on Fri Jul 25, 2014 11:59 am

An EXTREMELY achieved member of my bonsai club uses fish emulsion for his trees every month among other fertilizers. He uses a LOT more than the recommendation. I believe close to a cup per gallon. Same thinking that it's hard to overdo with the right, loose soil mix.

His trees are some of the healthiest in our club.

I hope that helps.
Have a great weekend!!!!
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