0-10-10 down from 20-20-20 fertilizer for Winter mos.

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0-10-10 down from 20-20-20 fertilizer for Winter mos.

Post  KimchiMonger on Tue Oct 19, 2010 6:22 am

Any thoughts on using a 0-10-10 down from a currentt 20-20-20 fertilizer during colder winter moths? I recently received a newsletter (Dallas Bonsai) reminding readers to consider a 0-10-10:

Six (6) weeks before the first frost, you should start giving your bonsai 0-10-10 fertilizer. The low nitrogen helps the plant focus on strengthening the roots during the winter and prepares it for nice quality growth in the spring. This is an absolute must for winterizing regardless of the variety. I do it with tropical’s too because during the winter, the tropical’s aren’t going to be growing much, there isn’t enough light. So all you are essentially trying to do is keep them happy enough so all the leaves don’t fall off. Again, you need humidity to make sure of that. So remember, start fertilizing your bonsai now with 0-10-10 and prepare a place to move them, or identify what exactly you are going to do with them over the winter. They don’t need much over the winter, just your protection. If you take care of them, they will pay you back in the spring with lush foliage and fantastic growth – for a bonsai".

I hadn't thought about reduced Nitrogen helping my trees during the cold winter months. Are any of you reading this following such a suggestion as I thought it was best to just lay off the fertilizer while occasionally watering during those colder days.


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Re: 0-10-10 down from 20-20-20 fertilizer for Winter mos.

Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:42 pm

You can if you want, but it's not necessary.

Jim Lewis - lewisjk@windstream.net - Western NC - People, when Columbus discovered this country, it was plumb full of nuts and berries. And I'm right here to tell you the berries are just about all gone. Uncle Dave Macon, old-time country musician


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