Fruits

Fertilizer for fruit trees

 

Fruit trees need good nutrition to grow and produce a bountiful harvest. Proper care can ensure that each tree reaches its full potential, this involves properly applying fertilizer for fruit trees.

Wild trees benefit from the nutrients that come from nature’s recycling process. However, trees that have been given a habitat may be in non-ideal soils that are poorly nourished for healthy growth.

To improve these conditions, the use of fertilizer for fruit trees may be the best option. Although we must consider that not all fruit trees need fertilizer and not all need the same amounts.

Fortunately, fruit trees are pretty good at telling you what they need. Watch their changes and signs carefully. Taking steps of your growth can help you recognize if something is wrong.

One of the most important things you can do for new fruit trees is to help them establish themselves in their environment. Once established, they are practically self-sufficient. The first thing you can do to get your new trees to start growing properly is to choose the right planting site and apply a good manure.

The best fertilizer for fruit trees is one that covers all the nutritional needs of the plant. Generally the basic nutrients that are needed are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The nutrient composition of the fertilizer may vary depending on the raw material used and the time of year.

Types of fertilizer for fruit trees

There is a wide variety of fertilizer for fruit trees. However, plants prefer an organic fertilizer with high nitrogen content. There are also specially formulated fertilizers that can provide organic matter and trace elements.

Fertilizers come in organic and synthetic versions. A natural fertilizer for fruit trees is made from animal or vegetable sources, such as manure, bone meal, cottonseed meal, feather meal, and crab meal.

Synthetic fertilizers are developed in laboratories. They are made of compounds such as ammonium nitrate, ammonium phosphate, superphosphate and potassium sulfate. They can give a plant a growth explosion or increase the rate of flowering on it.

In general, a good fertilizer for fruit trees contains a mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium or NPK. You will see the proportion of these ingredients printed on the bag. It is usually 10-10-10 or 12-12-12. A balanced ratio of these 3 things makes fertilizer safe to use on most trees.

These can come in different presentations and each is used in a different way. You can find those that are a concentrated liquid, to spray on the leaves, extended-release spikes and granules.

How to prepare fertilizer at home

The waste of the garden and the kitchen are elements that can be used to prepare fertilizer at home, these can be converted into fertile soil to increase the productivity of gardens and landscapes. Soil bacteria are responsible for acting and breaking down the biodegradable material.

Mix garden and kitchen waste in a pile or container to provide the right conditions and encourage decomposition. Let the bacteria and fungi get to work by recycling the waste material. Mix the fertilizer in the garden soil or use it on the surface as mulch.

Also a combination of fruits and molasses can create a great fruit fertilizer. This is prepared by interspersing layers of fruits, honey or molasses and herbs. They are stored and pressed in a container until the fermentation process is completed. You will get a quality liquid fertilizer.

With the instructions we have given you, you can prepare the best fertilizer for fruit trees and your plants will be happy and very healthy.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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