Fertilizing Bush Sages

warddaJune 21, 2007

I've never fertilized bush sages before. My own improved sandy soil is already too rich as it is. But the long hedge I planted in early May is in very barren sandy soil. Some of the plant types like Hot Lip, microphylla neurepia, and greggii Navaho Bright Red are growing and blooming well, but other types are still small and growing very slowly. Now that they are established should I consider giving them a light feeding of low number organic fertilizer or am I just being impatient? The hedge is in a rather prominent place with lots of traffic going by and I'd like it to look its best.

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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

I'd use about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Osmocote, worked into the soil about 1-2 inches (depending on how far down the soil gets dry) per plant. If you can mulch with modest collars of hardwood bark mulch, this will help control evaporation and weeds.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 6:32PM
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I asked for hardwood bark mulch only to discover a few days later that they had used root mulch. They did manage to keep the new plants watered until they became established, which was a big job, so I can fault the too much. I do as you suggest, thanks.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 9:03AM
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