mom. Organic Gardening. February 11th , 2018.
This article talks about the seasonal gardening jobs you need to execute to make sure your plants grow healthy and productive. For fruit-producing plants, you don’t want to add too much amount of fertilizer, as it can harm your plants and cause nutrient imbalances. A type of organic fruit plants which is sensitive to over-fertilization is the fragile Organic Blueberry Plants.
Schedule for Annual Fertilization for Organically Grown Blueberries
This is a schedule to fertilize Organic Blueberry Plants made by an experienced organic grower. At the start to middle of spring season, top-dress your blueberry plants with organic fertilizer with balanced nutrients like Re-Vita Pro. It contains organic mix with high potash and nitrogen levels. Give 1/4 - 1/2 pound equally around your plants. How much you give depends on bothe the size and age of your plants (older plants needs more fertilizer and younger plants need less). If you apply alfalfa pellets on your plants, increase twofold the suggested amounts above. Another option is to use organic acidic fertilizer produced by Fox Farm. The acidic fertilizer is good for your blueberries as it made from earthworm castings.
Once your blueberry plants begin to drop their flowers, you should start to give the plants liquid fertilizer. Applied once in two weeks through the month of July. Use drip irrigation system to deliver the liquid fertilizer, and only give it to the root area.
Recipe for Liquid Fertilizer
•Aerated compost tea:
This fertilizer will give your soil healthy microbes which will increase the nutrients in it. Get one gallon of aerated compost tea, and add into it:
•A half tablespoon of Black strap molasses
•A half tablespoon of Maxicrop Liquidized Sea Weed
•Two tablespoons of Neptune's Harvest Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer.
A day before you apply the liquid mixture, you might want to irrigate the plants. After that you can start to give them the mixture. For adult plants, give them five gallons, and for younger plants (like they were planted last year), give them one to two gallons. Smaller lowbush blueberries need less than the bigger highbush ones.
The liquid fertilizer also can be used to foliar feed your plants. However, if your blueberries are begin to ripe, you need only to add black strap molasses and liquidized sea weed to the compost tea. When you use water which is a bit alkaline, put some vinegar into the mixture.
Another important aspect in fertilizing your plants/soil is mulching. Mulch will break down thus give nutrients to your beloved organic Blueberry Plants. Ideally, you should mulch your plants at least 3,5 inches thick. The mulch have to be porous and coarse so that water can dribble through it easily. That’s why, you need to chop or shred the leaves of your blueberries, as they can repel water to enter the growing area. The aerated compost tea adds microbes which will decompose the mulch providing nutrients to your blueberries. Also, you can add nitrogen to the mulch for the similar effect.
Happy Organic Blueberry Plant Gardening!
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