Tip of the Week #27
Plant Food & Supplements.
Welcome to our next installment of "Tips
Of The Week"
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Interested in past articles? There's a list at the
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| It's been a while since a new article
has been added to this section. Regular visitors may have
figured out by now that the "Week" part of the "Tip of The Week" is
about as accurate as the "Honest" in "Honest Politician" but let's
not get into that, because after all in many (but not all) cases,
a majority of the electorate put them into office.|
There are two main reason for the lack of new articles.
First, I had a potentially serious health issue to deal with. Thankfully,
everything went my way, and I'm fine now. The second reason
is that I have not been getting questions that would make good additions
to this section. If you look in this "Tip of The Week"
section for answers to a specific question, and don't find an article
that covers it, send an e-mail with your question to
Paul@bonsaiofbrooklyn.com and you'll get a personal reply. If
your question is selected for this section, we'll send you one of
our 15 ounce Bonsai of Brooklyn Coffee Mugs with your next order as
a "Thank You" for the question.
Mike from California sent a question about
plant food today. Here's the answer we sent him:
For general good health, I strongly recommend Super Thrive, which
is vitamins & hormones, (but not plant food) as an integral part
of any feeding program. I have been using this product
for over 30 years, and would not consider repotting a bonsai without
it. I believe the good health of our bonsai & pre-bonsai
is closely related to our regular use of this terrific product. As
for plant food, you can go any route from the general plant foods
(Miracle-Gro, Schultz, Peter's etc.) which are good, to the organic
types (liquid seaweed, fish emulsion etc.) or if you want to "spoil"
your bonsai collection, a premium food such as Maxi-Grow and/or
Maxi-Bloom, both of which are terrific foods containing all the
basics, plus an impressive collection of trace elements. You
can vary these foods from month to month, and if any of your trees
are "Acid-Lovers" a good acid-based plant food should be included
a couple of times a year. All the above products are
available in our "Supplies" section under "Plant Food" and "Super
The important thing is to be regular, but
not over feed. How you do it depends on how you water
your trees. If you bottom-water your trees, you can add
Super Thrive at 1 to 2 drops per gallon of water and plant food
at about 5% of the recommended dosage to every watering. This
will give a steady but mild dose of the essential nutrients, which
will come out to about one time the recommended dose per month. If
you use a garden hose or sprinkler, there's a gadget in our Supplies
section, under "Misting & Watering Supplies" called a Hozon Brass
Siphon Mixer which will add the nutrients to all waterings automatically. If
all the above is too complicated, just add plant food at the recommended
dose once monthly, or 1/4 strength once a week. It will
not be as good as the "every watering" approach, but it's a lot
better than giving them nothing.
Interested in past articles? Click for your choice below.
#1-Things to do in the spring
#3-Planning a trimming schedule
#4-Trimming Japanese Maples (And
other trees with opposing Buds)
#5-Trimming Chinese Elms (And other
trees with alternating Buds)
#6-Trimming Conifers (Such as Pine,
Juniper and Cypress)
#7-Improving Your Bonsai Skills
#8-Things to Remember During the
#9-Some Thoughts About Tree Roots.
Their Strengths & Weaknesses
#10-Potting Medium: The Foundation
of a Bonsai
#11-Growing Bonsai Under Artificial
#12-The Importance of Moss, How
To Get It & Put It On a Bonsai.
#13-The Right Tool For The Job.
#14-Root Over Rock Planting.
#15-Wiring - Copper or Aluminum?
#16-Wiring - Basic Techniques
#17-Using A Cold Frame, Garage,
or Tool Shed For Wintering
#18-Making A Cold Frame For Wintering
#19-Wintering Temperate Bonsai Indoors.
#21-Sunlight - Some Further Thoughts.
#22-Is It Really A Tree?
#23-Repotting a "Department Store"
#25-Getting Started: Too Much Too
#26-Wintering Temperate & Sub-Tropical
Bonsai. What Needs What?