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Ann27-May-02 10:29 AM EST 5b   
Julie27-May-02 07:31 PM EST 5b   
Alnoro27-May-02 10:46 PM EST 8   
Northern Gardener 29-May-02 01:46 AM EST 3   
Grace31-May-02 03:04 AM EST   
Northern Gardener 31-May-02 10:30 PM EST 3   
alnoro31-May-02 11:01 PM EST 8   


Subject: FERTILIZER FOR HUGE POT OF PETUNIAS
From: Ann
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-May-02 10:29 AM EST

I have just acquired an enormous hanging basket of beautiful petunias. What fertilizer should I use so that the plants don't become straggly, and how often should I use it?


Subject: RE: FERTILIZER FOR HUGE POT OF PETUNIAS
From: Julie
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-May-02 07:31 PM EST

Last year I used a slow release fertilizer for all my hanging/potted annuals. It was made by Smart Cote and called Hanging Basket Food - 14-14-14. You can purchase it at any gardening center and I actually noticed some nurseries applying it to hanging baskets when they were purchased. You just apply it once - at the beginning of the season or when potting up and it knows when and how to feed for up to 6 months! Sure took the guess work out of remembering when to fertilizer! I bought one jar of it for $13.99, did all my plants on the deck and still have enough for this year! Happy Gardening!


Subject: RE: FERTILIZER FOR HUGE POT OF PETUNIAS
From: Alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 27-May-02 10:46 PM EST

I too use the slow release fertilizer in my baskets. Then a couple of times a season as I'm fertilizing my other gardens I spritz some in the baskets(just for a quick kick to them) The one thing though that I would like to mention is that a lot of the HUGE petunia baskets that you get have been majorly forced for the Mothers Day/May weekend sales. I would also recomend that you grit your teeth and cut your petunia back quite a bit. I know it's hard but it will pay off in a week or two with fuller stronger plants. Later in the season (maybe aug) do it again and you will be rewarded with a brand new vigourous petunia plant that will last till frost without becoming leggy.


Subject: RE: FERTILIZER FOR HUGE POT OF PETUNIAS
From: Northern Gardener (northerngardener3@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 3
Date: 29-May-02 01:46 AM EST

In addition to 14-14-14 like Julie & Alnoro, my gardening friends and I had tremendous results last summer by applying 15-30-15 at half dilution once a week...FULL strength once per week for the aggressive-growing Wave, Supertunias and Surfinias. Our growing season here is short and plants need all the help they can get!

Cutting back those aggressive growing petunias (actually ANY petunia) mid-season only made them fuller & more showy. It's heart-breaking to do ---the first time. Once you see the results, it's easier next time around.


Subject: RE: FERTILIZER FOR HUGE POT OF PETUNIAS
From: Grace
Zone:
Date: 31-May-02 03:04 AM EST

I don't have any 14-14-14, and was wondering whether I could use 15-30-15 when I plant my baskets, or Miracle-Grow granules. I can pick some up, if need be, but I thought I could use what I have. What do you folks think?


Subject: RE: FERTILIZER FOR HUGE POT OF PETUNIAS
From: Northern Gardener (northerngardener3@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 3
Date: 31-May-02 10:30 PM EST

Grace;

Firstly, Miracle-Grow is a brand name, like "Kraft". MG makes many different kinds of fertilizers, one being 15-30-15. As long as you are using SLOW RELEASE GRANULES (pellets) you should be ok. (Didn't know MG made a slow release one)

You do NOT want to mix any ~water-soluble~ fertilzer in with your plants, unless, of course, you want your plants to die from fertilizer burn.

Whenever transplanting, I mix up a solution of either Root Booster (my fav!) or 10-52-10. My growing season feed is 15-30-15. For the aggressive petunias, the local favorite Greenhouse strongly recommends both 14-14-14 slow release & weekly full strength apps of 15-30-15 for top performance as these petunias are said to grow about 1 inch per DAY under ideal conditions. They haven't given poor advise yet!


Subject: RE: FERTILIZER FOR HUGE POT OF PETUNIAS
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 31-May-02 11:01 PM EST

Please accept my appologies for any hurt I may have caused in my poor attempt at adding frivolity to the question. being a mother-in-law myself and also having one i assure you no unkindness was meant. I am truly sorry if I offended anyone and I will be carefull in the future to temper my poor judgement in humor and also make certain that anyone recieving my attempt at humor will be made aware that I am joking.

sorry!!!


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