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It's Fertilizer Time; Fruit Trees Down South!

Post  Cajun Cappy on 2/15/2016, 6:15 pm

This is the time of the year we fertilize all our citrus trees and other bearing trees.  This is how we do it and you have seen the results its really great for our trees.
http://cappyandpegody.blogspot.com/2016/02/giving-our-yarduhfertilizer.html


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Post  meatburner on 2/15/2016, 10:54 pm

Maybe for you but not here or anyone further north. Wink
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Post  Cajun Cappy on 2/17/2016, 2:47 pm

I posted it not so much for the when as the how.  I know I have shared on here our citrus, figs, plums and such before.  Folks are always asking how we grow such huge wonderful fruits.  Well, this is the answer.
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Post  sanderson on 2/17/2016, 10:38 pm

Your version of the Jobe's Spikes. Can't argue with your great results.

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Post  has55 on 2/18/2016, 12:13 am

Cajun Cappy, I have to asked this question being your next door neighbor here in Texas. Being in South Louisiana, Do you ever see any alligators or Large snakes in your yard or I being naive and they are not that common?
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/18/2016, 8:06 am

Good way to get a workout, Cappy! Thank you for posting that. Very interesting...!
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Post  Cajun Cappy on 2/18/2016, 11:35 am

To answer the question we live in a small subdivision and we are a lil over 1 mile from standing water so Gaters in our yard are rare.  Snakes yes.  True story:  Peggy gathered in the dog and cat dishes in a tupperware tote and brought them to the kitchen sink for a cleaning.  As the sink filled she heard a weird sound pulled the pile of dishes out and found a baby alligator.  it undoubtedly was hiding in one of the dishes and got brought in.  She put it in a paper bag drove it to the bayou and set it free.  Undoubtedly the lil thing had crawled the wrong way from its nest.

Look at those jobes tree spikes and see how much fertilizer weight in 1 stick and the cost of a box of them.  Then consider that I put 1 pound in each hole and as stated it works like a stick leaching the fertilizer out slowly.  For 100 holes it cost me right a5 30$ do the math and you will be amazed at the savings.
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Post  has55 on 2/18/2016, 12:01 pm

@Cajun Cappy wrote:To answer the question we live in a small subdivision and we are a lil over 1 mile from standing water so Gaters in our yard are rare.  Snakes yes.  True story:  Peggy gathered in the dog and cat dishes in a tupperware tote and brought them to the kitchen sink for a cleaning.  As the sink filled she heard a weird sound pulled the pile of dishes out and found a baby alligator.  it undoubtedly was hiding in one of the dishes and got brought in.  She put it in a paper bag drove it to the bayou and set it free.  Undoubtedly the lil thing had crawled the wrong way from its nest.

Look at those jobes tree spikes and see how much fertilizer weight in 1 stick and the cost of a box of them.  Then consider that I put 1 pound in each hole and as stated it works like a stick leaching the fertilizer out slowly.  For 100 holes it cost me right a5 30$ do the math and you will be amazed at the savings.
Thank you Cajun Cappy. I always wonder about the amount of exposure people have to these animals for Louisiana, since most of my knowledge comes  from TV. 
I went to a restaurant in New Orlean,Louisiana that was near the ocean 9 I think that was the city, but it was many years ago). I could see the alligators sunbathing on the banks. There were high cattails ( I believe that what they're called.) between us and the alligator at this restaurant. There is a picnic table between the cattails and the restaurant, if you want to eat outdoor. I didn't see a fence. The restaurant is elevated to a 2 story height. I guess for flood waters.  I kept watching ahead under the cars for possible alligator as we walked toward the  restaurant. Since I'm a tourist and don't know the habitat rules or have anyone around to teach me what's a myth and what's not, I just didn't want to end up being a snack. But I enjoyed the food and the people.
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Post  sanderson on 2/18/2016, 2:04 pm

Hey, I felt the same in Florida.  We did come across a water moccasin on a side road off the E-W road that goes through the everglades (?), that was aggressive towards our rental car.  Scared the daylights out of me.  pale   I just knew it could jump through the open window, and if it failed that, it would attach itself to the undercarriage.  What a Face  Yet I can work around bees, even bumble bees, now.  Different fears for different folks.

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Post  has55 on 2/18/2016, 11:54 pm

Sanderson, we're in the same boat. I forgot , I was acting the same way when I was in florida.  LOL
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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/19/2016, 4:06 pm

@sanderson wrote:Hey, I felt the same in Florida.  We did come across a water moccasin on a side road off the E-W road that goes through the everglades (?), that was aggressive towards our rental car.  Scared the daylights out of me.  pale   I just knew it could jump through the open window, and if it failed that, it would attach itself to the undercarriage.  What a Face  Yet I can work around bees, even bumble bees, now.  Different fears for different folks.

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Now that's funny, Sanderson!  Jumping snakes.  Love it.

Cappy, I didn't know we were supposed to fertilize fruit trees.  I figured my compost and seaweed would be enough.  Will it?  I also plant garlic around the base to keep bugs off.  

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Post  Cajun Cappy on 2/19/2016, 6:53 pm

I guess it's up to you what you do.  Our citrus trees always have huge fruit crops baring hundreds of lbs of fruit from not too big trees.  our county agent recommended we fertilize.  our yard is very rich and being less than a mile from the river our soil is rich top soil 1 ft deep maybe more I aint dug no deeper.  We sued to pile compost around them but the 13-13-13 works way better and we have plenty results to prove it.  I looked into Jobes tree spikes but at only a glance I saw the cost per lb of fertilizer and was amazed at the difference.
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Post  sanderson on 2/19/2016, 9:29 pm

I'm going to take a guess here, that the soil in LA and MA are different? Wink After years of fertilizer for the orange tree, I'm giving BTE and compost a try. Maybe will need to add a little Espoma? What ever works.

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Post  reynajrainwater on 3/11/2017, 12:58 am

All my fruit trees are grown in pots and I fertilize them monthly. Every 30 days i use worm castings, azomite, and water it all in with a fish and seaweed blend fertilizer. Every other month I'll add organic granular fertilizer per the package instructions. I try to spray them with foliar spray every month but I have to admit I tend to forget.
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Post  sanderson on 3/12/2017, 3:57 pm

In pots????  Could you post photos, please.  I have been thinking of cordon style apple and stone fruit trees.  Like I have room for them Razz

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Post  sanderson on 3/26/2017, 4:58 pm

What size are the pots?

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Post  reynajrainwater on 3/26/2017, 10:06 pm

The gray pots are 20.5 diameter & 19" tall. The brown one also has a 20.5 diameter but is only 14" tall. I guess it would help if I mentioned what are in the pots. In the gray pots pictured is a garden delight nectarine and a Carrie mango. The brown pot is a multi graph tree with Dorset golden, Gordon, Fuji and Anna apples. The apple tree is new to the garden this year. I'll be repotting it to a gray pot next spring. I also have a Meyer lemon, bearss lime, black turkey fig, pomegranate, Day Avocado and Washington Naval orange trees growing in pots.
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Post  sanderson on 3/27/2017, 1:10 am

Thank you.

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