EE's and Fertilizers

staceybeth(7 MA)May 7, 2008

Hi All,

I have 3 EE's, Black Magic, Giant Gree and a Lime Zinger. The black magic is just a baby but the two others are about 4.5 feet tall. All my plants are in containers (due to ledge in my yard). I have planted all of them in Miracle grow flower and shrub mix with some phagnum peetmoss to retain moister...

My question is, how often do I have to fertilize, since the MG has fertilizer in it?


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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Good question! I would think that since they'll need to be watered a LOT in containers, you'll probably need to boost the fertilizer more than usual. I'd probably follow fertilizer directions and water/fert once every couple weeks, or 'weakly, weekly' as they say. Make sure your containers have good drainage though.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 7:51AM
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staceybeth(7 MA)

Thanks Dave! Even though they are in Miracle Grow I should still fert. every 2-3 weeks? Also, how much is enough water for these beauties? I dont want to overwater? Right now its raining out...and I watered 2 days ago. I have ordered some glass globe water feeders in hopes to help them too.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 8:50AM
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Hi Staceybeth,

How big do you want your EE's??

I've been growing Black Magic and common green EE's for a couple years. I grow primarily for size. When growing from bulbs these plants usually start late in the season. They need quite a bit of heat to get going.

I grow mine in full sun or morning sun. I water the heck out of them. I really don't think you can over-water them if they are getting full sun and lots of heat.

I fertilize "lightly" with Miracle Grow 24-8-16 once every 7-10 days.

These plants can get HUGE if you water and fertilize diligently all summer.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 6:37PM
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staceybeth(7 MA)

Hi Sunset... right now, I have had to replant my ee's due to wet and cold conditions... I dont want the roots to rot. I used Moisture control Miracle Grow with a bunch of perlite. I use Osmocote (i think) 16/8/19 somthing like that... its slow release as well. I also have glass watering globes for all of them.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 11:43AM
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staceybeth(7 MA)

My Black Magic is dying.. what do I do? Will it grow back.

I bought it a couple of weeks ago its just a baby with two leaves on it.. one fell off and it just looks like its going to die.. any advise?

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 3:35PM
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