Phosphates and Fruit Production
In the "I'm Stubborn" thread started by considerwhy on June 27, 2009, Herman2 observed the following regarding triple phosphates:
"Hi Guys:I have not used it this year,but used it last year on some second year container trees,and I noticed that very soon after using it I got fruits on Black Ischia,Zingarella,and Sal's Corleone,that were eather small or too young to produce fruits,and they did.
Very few people in the world can make a Black Ischia fruit in Third year,so I think The T Phosphates had something to do with it.....
I would apply it one time early in the Spring to get a good start.
It is more usefull to bust the weak,fig mosaic affected figs to get ahead."
2 weeks after the thread was posted I went in search of Triple Phyosphate and ended up with "Super Phosphate" which is only 0-20-0 instead of 0-46-0. I gave a healthy dose of it to everything that would hold still.
It is a month later and I have an explosion of small fruit on EVERYTHING including a little 12" Mission. The little devils are popping out almost faster than I can pick them off. In addition, I have an explosion of new leaf growth both on the limbs and, in many cases, on the lower trunk of many trees. Also, as Herman2 observed, the new leaves on plants that were heavily affected with FMV appear completely normal.
Amazing stuff. I just wish I had used it in the Spring in stead of mid-summer, in which case I might have had some ripe fruit by now. Hopefully, this will help other newbies.