John Willis macjohn@mac.com
Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:58:12 PDT
Thanks for the multiple suggestions that people have on fertilizing techniques.  It's clear there is no single answer but I've already discovered the world of watering cans is a good deal more complex than I knew.  I will try both a new Haws can with a fine rose and the standard hand operated sprayer/mister bottle (which I normally use for indoor plants anyway).  Between the two it's got to be better than what I did last night with a large stream of water coming out of my existing watering can (and in answer to Brian, yes with a sufficiently large and forceful stream you can disturb any gravel surface).  Fortunately it only took one pot before I could see that wasn't going to work.  The fruits of my bulb growing efforts so far can be seen at http://macgardens.org/?p=3349.  As noted earlier, I credit PBS for those things that I have done right...

On Apr 16, 2013, at 3:27 AM, Peter Taggart <petersirises@gmail.com> wrote:

> for delicate over head watering with a watering can you need a fine 'rose',
> mounted so that the holes face upwards. The top one on this page is
> suitable. http://haws.co.uk/products/accessories/… For
> individual pots there is a device which acts as a downward facing spout
> which is pictured further down the page as "rose and spout sets"
> Peter (UK)
> On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM, John Willis <willis@fred.net> wrote:
>> "Apply a liquid fertilizer, diluted to about half the strength recommended
>> by the manufacturer, to the seedlings two or three times during their
>> growing season. "
>> But no one says how to do this.  I water the plants with an overhead
>> mister/sprinkler combination that has worked really well.  But when I tried
>> to use a small watering can to apply liquid fertilizer this evening, I
>> found it was really disturbing the soil in my nice little 4 inch pots with
>> gravel surfaces.  Surely there is a better way, but I haven't seen any
>> reference to how to do this most effectively.
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