Finally Bought Some Milorganite......When to Apply???

newhostaaddictSeptember 4, 2008

i suppose it is too late this year...

jill...

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peggy_hosta(z4 neSD)

Typically, we don't fertilize H. after mid-August. Need to wait till spring
Peggy

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 10:41AM
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esther_opal

Apply anytime, you are feeding the soil.

Here is a link that might be useful: Organic matter

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 11:04AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

whats the magic numbers.. something like 6-8-3 ...

who cares ...

i wouldnt apply it to the crowns .... perhaps at the drip edge of the canopy ... and i would not do the minis ... save some for late spring for those ....

i agree its a bit late .... but you have something like 3 months until ground freeze .. and what.. 2 months before the frost knocks them down ... in a normal year.. if there is such a thing ...

the bottom line... we want them getting ready for a sleep ... just like i dont give the kids a giant pepsi near bed.. you shouldnt be giving them something like 29-0-0 ... and getting them rip roaring growing.. when its nap time ... soft lush growth.. especially a soft crown growing.. will rot....

a little this.. a little that.. who cares.. heck.. throw them on the XXXXXXXX ....

just dont dump a whole bag of carp on top of them ..

ken

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 11:09AM
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esther_opal

Milorganite has .5 percent water soluble nitrogen, 2 percent phosphate and no potassium. You couldn't jump start anything with it.

4.5 percent nitrogen tied up in the carrier that will be released over a period a year or two when it is cycled by the soil organisms.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 11:33AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

well there you go .. apply at will ...

all the above ... that i said .... applies to FERTILIZERS .... and as butch said..

its a soil amendment.. not a fertilizer ....

ken

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 12:07PM
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esther_opal

"its a soil amendment.. not a fertilizer ...."
ken

Right, the real advantage to Milorganite is the long term value and they need to mention the fertilizer to sell it to people who just don't know. It also has a nice calcium charge that my have more value than the nitrogen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Calcium

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 4:43PM
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greenthumbz4mn

I'm curious to know if the iron in Milorganite is also a good benefit for Hosta. And would the iron deter slugs in any way? Mary

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 8:06PM
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esther_opal

And would the iron deter slugs in any way?"
Mary

There isn't enough iron to affect anything.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 8:52PM
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just1morehosta(5)

So is this a good product or not?
Use it or not?You guys need to be more clear.
Carol

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 9:05PM
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esther_opal

I repeat!

"Right, the real advantage to Milorganite is the long term value and they need to mention the fertilizer to sell it to people who just don't know. It also has a nice calcium charge that my have more value than the nitrogen.

Here is a link that might be useful: Calcium"

I in fact use straight sewage slug.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 9:22PM
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dbowemd(z5 OH)

Milorganite is good for hostas, and it smells bad to deer before it does to humans. Use it now to try to train deer to stay away from your property; they tend to follow a consistent run every night. I spread it with a hand cranked spinning type of broadcast fertilizer, and if I think of it when I plant new ones, I will put some in the hole. It's mild and doesn't burn them.

Dave

    Bookmark   September 5, 2008 at 11:13AM
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maryann_____chgo(5)

Milorganite is an excellent rabbit repellent too. I spread it several times each season around the perimeters of my yard and on the lawn. It adds to the organic diversity of soil amendments. Like Dave, I use my Whirlybird hand spreader.

The granules have left tiny spots on hosta leaves so avoid broadcasting over the garden mid-season.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2008 at 10:54AM
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