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Cottonseed Meal

Posted by Carla17 z7b NC (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 25, 05 at 14:19

Seems like I heard on a gardening show that cottonseed meal is good for azaleas. Anyone know about that?

Thanks,

Carla


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RE: Cottonseed Meal

  • Posted by MorZ8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 25, 05 at 16:13

If your azaleas are showing signs of needing supplemental fertilizer (they are not heavy feeders), cottonseed meal can be a good organic source. It releases nitrogen more slowly (minimizing risk of burning plants), providing a weaker stimulus that remains effective over a longer period of time.
"Cottonseed meal is a by-product of cotton manufacturing. As a fertilizer, it produces a somewhat acidic reaction; consequently, it is frequently used for fertilizing acid-loving plants such as azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons. Formulas vary slightly, but generally, cottonseed meal contains 7 percent nitrogen, 3 percent phosphorus, and 2 percent potash. Nutrients are most readily available to plants in warm soils, but there is little danger of burn."


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RE: Cottonseed Meal

Yes, all your Azealeas need is some cottonseed meal and garden sulfur.


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RE: Cottonseed Meal

Carla17, any acid loving plant really likes cottonseed meal.


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RE: Cottonseed Meal

It is one of the main ingredients in Holly-tone. It is much more complete with iron for the leaves, phosphates for blooming, potash for strong roots, calcium for strong plants, sulfur for acidity and many minor and trace elements. Here is what is in Holly-tone:

Derived from: Dehydrated Manure, Feather Meal, Crab Meal, Cocoa Meal, Corn Gluten, Cottonseed Meal, Dried blood, Sunflower Meal, Kelp Meal, Alfalfa Meal, GreenSand, Rock Phosphate, Sulfate of Potash, Humates, Ammonium Sulfate, and Triple Super Phosphate.

It supplies:
Total Nitrogen (N) ............................................................. 4.0%
1.90% Ammoniacal Nitrogen
0.55% Other Water Soluble Nitrogen
1.55% Water Insoluble Nitrogen
Available Phosphate (P2O5) ............................................. 6.0%
Soluble Potash (K2O)....................................................... 4.0%
Calcium (Ca) .................................................................... 3.0%
Total Magnesium (Mg)...................................................... 0.5%
0.3% Water Soluble Magnesium (Mg)
Sulfur (S) ...................................................................... .... 5.0%
5.0% Combined Sulfur (S)
Boron (B)...................................................................... .... 0.02%
Chlorine (Cl) ..................................................................... 0.1%
Cobalt (Co) ...................................................................... 0.0005%
Total Copper (Cu)............................................................. 0.05%
Total Iron (Fe) ................................................................... 1.0%
Total Manganese (Mn)...................................................... 0.05%
0.01% Water Soluble Manganese (Mn)
Molybdenum (Mo)............................................................ 0.0005%
Sodium (Na)..................................................................... 0.1%
Total Zinc (Zn) .................................................................. 0.05%


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