fertilizers--thank you

puppincuff puppincuff@cox.net
Thu, 19 Feb 2004 17:54:49 PST
I have been using a time release lawn food for everything. It is a
combination of polymer coated urea, polymer coated sulfur coated urea, and
trace elements. The release rate is determined by the amount of water being
used (as opposed to Osmocote which releases more quickly in warm weather
than cool) and I can buy 50 lbs. for less than $20.00.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kathy Stokmanis" <vikingdoc@earthlink.net>
To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 10:10 AM
Subject: [pbs] fertilizers--thank you

> Thank you, everyone, for your responses to my question.  I have to fight
the tendency to overwater and overfertilize, so a twice a year application
of a slow release fertilizer is an attempt to protect my bulbs.  I use a
VERY porous mix for the same reason.  Last year I had success with banishing
summer dormant bulbs (Calochortus venusta, Scilla peruviana, Dichelostemma
ida-maia to name a few)  to an out of the way part of the garden so they did
not get water (other than a once a month sprinkling, thanks to some posts I
read here about letting many bulbs get too dry).  All of them came back
during the fall and winter, though the deer munched the Scilla and Muscari.
> It is very useful to get information on websites and other references.  I
have bookmarked them all.   I found the original reference I had lost thanks
to Mary Sue.  During the Fertilizer TOW Lee Poulsen referred to a previous
discussion about slow release fertilizers, though the comment was not
discussed further.    The site suggested by Tom Wells answered my question
and increases my concern about 'burning' my bulbs during the intense heat of
summer here.  Even some summer growers seem to move into a type of dormancy
just to survive, unlike my experience in other parts of the country that get
less hot, so they would not be able to use the extra fertilizer released
during hotter periods.  I have to water very carefully during July and
August.  I don't have a sand bed I can plunge my pots in to keep them cooler
and I can end up with bulb mush if I water too much.
> Some members suggested the thought-provoking idea of whether to fertilize
at all.  I do repot every other year and add compost to the beds.  Perhaps I
will experiment as my stock of bulbs increases.
> Kathy Stokmanis, zone 8/9, Northern California, Sierra foothills
> Sunny today after four days of rain and 9 inches of water.  Another reason
for very porous mixes.  Temperatures in the 40's and 50's, 60's forecast for
the weekend, definitely spring.
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