feeding trees

swallowtail_growerApril 15, 2010

Hello, I have a bottlebrush tree (very old) and a Mulberry young tree and would like to give both of them some type of food but I`m at a loss, I walk around the nurseries and seem to get lost in all the different bags to feed such and such, I`m new at this and any help I would really appreciate, thank you Patty

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Maybe it depends on why you want to give them some food.

An old bottlebrush tree usually doesn't need any feeding. Unless there's signs of yellowing (keep in mind that most bottebrush varieties aren't as deep green as stereotypic shrubs).

A young mulberry may simply need time to get its roots into your soil. If it seems to be noticeably stunted or yellowish (compared to other mulberry trees in your neighborhood), a mulch of good compost usually does the job.


    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 12:31PM
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Thanks Joe I`ll probably be here with more questions. Patty

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 1:24PM
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I never feed a mature tree. The first two years they are putting on growth and establishing roots. Once grown, they do not require added fertilizer. UC Davis did a lot of research on fertilizer requirements of landscape trees and found that a lot of published information suggesting a fertilizing requirement was false. Al

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 8:58AM
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wally2007(Zone 6)

I have a cherry tree and it has done well over the past 35 years that we have been here. This was the first year not one cherry. My aborist tells me he was advised the CT Agricultural center, that due to the everlasting winter and cool and damp spring we encountered is probably the reason for no fruit. I haven't noticed any worms or catipillars so I guess thats out. He advised me to fertilize with spikes around the tree drip line. Any further advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 7:48PM
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My cherry trees grow plenty of wood without fertilizing. I often, like this year, have very few cherries. This is due to the weather when they are in bloom. Fertilizer would do nothing to cause more cherries to set. When the weather is good at bloom time, I get a bumper crop. There is a good reason for cherries not being a commercial crop here. Al

    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 10:39PM
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