Nerines and fertilizer

J.E. Shields
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 05:06:57 PDT
Rick brings up a very important point:  Nerines and fertilizer.  The broad 
leafed species and hybrids develop symptoms that look like some sort of 
mosaic virus to me when fed with a nitrogen-containing fertilizer.

I strongly recommend that only a zero-nitrogen fertilizer with and N-P-K of 
something like 0-10-10 or 0-10-20 for all "broad-leafed" forms, including 
bowdenii, huttoniae, krigei, laticoma, sarniensis, and undulata.

Nick de Rothschild recommends something similar on his web site, (I think).  I discussed it in my blog some time ago; 

Jim Shields

At 02:36 PM 8/23/2010 -0700, you wrote:
>I've read in the past NOT to apply nitrogen fertilizer, as it
>encourages virus.    I DO use a balanced bloom food once a month
>during the growing season, in a dilute  dose, and  so far, knock wood,
>I'm still virus free. (or, so it appears.) If anyone else walks the
>edge, and fertilizes, I'd be interested in hearing about your cultural
>Rick K

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