Natural fertilizer and camelias

jmmedeiros(z9USA,CALIFORNI)May 18, 2005

I would like to know if I can use manures to fertilize camelias. Does anybody know if chiken manure is ok to fertilize camelias? Or other types of manures? I know camelias like acid soils. When I planted my camelias I determined the acidity of the soil locations with a meter. The soil was very little acetic. So I bought sulfur granules and I mixed with the planting mix. Also I planted one inch above level of ground as recommended by nursery man.The plants are watered regularly and look ok.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The use of aged or composted animals manures is great idea for camellias. Chicken manure will work well for you, just be sure that it is not 'fresh'.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2005 at 11:59AM
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birdinthepalm

I hope I haven't read your post wrong, JMMadeiros, but did you analize or have your soil analized and found it to be "naturally" quite acidic???? If so, why would you add sulfur , which if added to an already acidic soil, might turn it possibly a bit too acidic? Even acid loving plants must have some limits as to how acid they like their soil. Normally, if a soii is too acid for plants loving sweet soils, or those nearly neutral in pH, a gardener would add lime of dolomitic limestone to sweeten them, but if a soil is acid and you want it acid, you'd add sulfur only if it's just not acid enough. And for plants that like soil a bit on the alkaline side you might add extra limestone. Perhaps you needed your soil just a bit more acid than it already was , so you added the sulfur? Sulfur is naturally acidic!! In general I tend to think of acid lovers, as those plants liking pH's of 5-5.5 to 6.5, but really 6.5 is considered only slightly acid. On the other hand a pH below 5 might be much too acid for some acid loving plants, but I don't know their acid "limits" on the lower end of the acid scale!!

    Bookmark   May 19, 2005 at 2:09PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I understood him to say that his soil was 'very little acidic', or not acid.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2005 at 4:18PM
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forrestal(Gulf Coast z8b)

Try some "Milorganite" which is organic and does well on camellias.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2005 at 10:08PM
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