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TJG210
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Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


When I was at the feed store I asked the clerk what he recommended for an organic citrus tree fertilizer, so he ended up giving me a bag of cottonseed meal and bone and blood meal.

The numbers on the back of the bags said 6-7-0 and 6-1-1.......when combined in equal parts would their effectiveness be 12-8-1?

I read in a publication by the LSU AG Center to use either 13-13-13 or 8-8-8....and saw a commercial bag of fruit and nut tree fertilizer at 19-10-5?

What should I do?







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LEASTBAY
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re: Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


Lowes sells citrus tree fertilizer. Its in a little orange jug that looks like a bottle of laundry detergent. I just buy that and it works fine.





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TexasTiger
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re: Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


make a few holes around your tree....1" to 1.5" wide 12" to 18" deep...fill with triple 13 and water it in good.....





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LSUDad
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re: Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


quote:

I read in a publication by the LSU AG Center to use either 13-13-13


13-13-13 and Ironite.....






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LSUPat
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re: Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


No it would be the average. Those numbers are a percent nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium. Since it is 6% nitrogen in the organic fertilizer, multiply how much 13-13-13 you need by 13/6 or 2.1667. If the number is in the publication is 8-8-8. Substitute 8 for 13. The best way to apply is to get an auger bit for planting bulbs and drill holes around the canopy of the tree. Space the holes about a foot apart and one foot down,fill with the fertilizer mixture then top with soil. If you have any questions let me know. I garden organically as well.



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LSUTigerz
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re: Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


We got satsuma tree for xmas and I've been trying to keep it alive waiting for this cold weather to stop. Is this a good time to plant in the ground? How big of a hole do I need, do I just put the dirt back around the plant and add some of this fertilizer?





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CalTiger
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re: Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


I use 8-3-9 combination for my oranges, lemon and lime. 8-2-10 is ok as well

Make sure that they have 3% magnesium (the minor nutrients are often neglected)

If you can't get the right mix - go with the universal palm mix.

BTW citrus trees don't need a lot of phosphorus so make sure that the second number is low, potassium is important for them so the last number should be reasonably high.

Bone meal usually has high phosphorus so I don't think it would be good for a citrus.







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TJG210
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re: Citrus tree fertilizer question.........


Since it looks like the freezes may be behind us, it would probably be a good time to plant. Dig a hole deep enough so you can place the tree in the hole and when you fill in around it, you will still see the top of soil that came with the plant. You may want to put some peat in the hole before planting.





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