Human beings love to take simple things and make them as complicated as possible!
My job as your gardening/growing mentor is to get you back to the basics so you can focus on what works and get more done.
There are a lot of different ideas about how to go about any given task, but as a grower most would acknowledge that I do a pretty good job and when you see my nursery absolutely packed with eager buyers loading plants into wagons, cars and buyers everywhere, I think it’s safe to say that I am pretty successful at what I do.
But in the last year or so, in Our Members Area, people are really confusing themselves with the issue of when and how to fertilize their plants, especially their rooted cuttings. So I am doing this post to show people exactly what I do, why I do it, and why it works as successfully as it does.
You? Complicate things as much as you want. Confuse yourself with which fertilizer to use when, how much to apply, when to reapply it, how much is too much, how much is not enough.
Or you can simply do as I do and realize the results that I do.
So I made a couple of movies about how we do our cuttings, how we harvest and store our cuttings until we can get them potted and when and I fertilize my cuttings. Watch, enjoy and criticize if you must.
So let’s do this in a bit of chronological order.
If you pay close attention you’ll see how our crop of rooted cuttings has been rotated in and out of the propagation beds. In This Post about Pulling Rooted Cuttings you’ll see photos of me digging rooted cuttings out of the bed closest to the building. In the videos below you’ll see how all of those cuttings are gone and how that bed is full of more rooted cuttings.
In the post mentioned above you’ll see the process of pulling the cuttings, trimming them, root pruning them, and heeling them into large pots until we can get them potted.
In this video, you’ll see what those cuttings look like after they’ve been heeling awhile.
Fertilizing rooted cuttings.
In this video I discuss the fertilization of rooted cuttings and in the video I admit that I never fertilize my rooted cuttings. Oh my gosh Mike, how do they ever survive? Watch the movie!
Mike! When do your plants get fertilized?
This is really important, pay attention.
My plants get fertilized when we pot them up.
One gallons or 2 quart containers get one tablespoon of a good slow release fertilizer at the time of potting. Two and three gallon pots get two tablespoons of slow release fertilizer.
My plants get fertilized once a year!
That’s it. They get fertilized when we pot them and nothing gets fertilized until after our spring sales. Anything that is left after our spring sales gets fertilized then. Again, just one shot of slow release as described above. That’s it! One feeding per year.
That’s all they need. Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be.
Look at my plants, they are thriving. If yours are not doing well then it’s probably your Potting Mix, not the lack of “more” fertilizer.
If you are in Our Members Area, then you know exactly what commercial, slow release fertilizer I use. I really can’t share that here. But if you are just starting out then I suggest you use Osmocote 14-14-14. It’s what I used for years and years and years. It works just fine.
Do Not Use Any Other 14-14-14 Fertilizer!
It will kill your plants deader than dead over night. I’m not kidding about that. It has to be a slow release that takes months to fully release.
For more detailed information about when and how to stick cuttings, or root cuttings check out these two articles.
- Rooting Cuttings in the Summer, Softwood Cuttings.
- Rooting Cuttings in the Winter, Hardwood Cuttings.
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