Slow release fertilizers

Alberto Castillo
Thu, 19 Feb 2004 05:03:29 PST
Hi Kathy:
             Bulbous plants are not completely like the other kinds of 
plants. Besides, the same existence of a bulb implies that they are adapted 
to endure abnormal hardships. Part of these hardships include the scarcity 
of food in the soils. We tend to regard our bulbs like chicken or pigs that 
need enormous amount of food and leftovers. I always read with interest 
postings to the forum in which people state very seriously that their bulbs 
do very well with THIS or THAT (in many cases formulas that contain a 
chemical element in a noxious form to bulbs). What they are really saying is 
that their bulbs can endure THIS and THAT without dying or visible damage. 
Of course the company that manufactures a certain chemical will put it in 
heaven as the cure all blessing. The fact is that slow release fertilizers 
are not apt for bulbs as the release curve in most formulas is dependent on 
temperature (lots of it released in warm weather), this first. One way to 
overcome this is to use very minute quantities (not that recommended by the 
maker)  but there are periods of the year when bulbous plants must not 
receive additional fertilizer at all and other times when they need it.
             This is not the topic of the week of course but so many 
disparate things are being said on the subject that a word of warning is 
important specially if you are new to the itching.

MSN Amor: busca tu ½ naranja

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