How To Fertilize Fruit Trees – Fertilizing Schedule & Guide

How To Fertilize Fruit Trees – Fertilizing Schedule & Guide


hello friends I have several fruit trees in
my backyard and some of you had requested me a video on what kind of
fertilizer schedule I have for my fruit trees In today’s episode we will discuss
how to add fertilizer for fruit trees [music] so let’s see what you need to start
for your fertilizer schedule firstly you will need some kind of compost or
manure in this case I’m using chicken manure and steer manure and then you will
also need the fertilizer that you’re using and also a cultivator you will use
the cultivator to mix in the fertilizer you need the fertilizer I’m using this
fertilizer for a long time now it’s a great fertilizer organic red with
beneficial bacteria and I’ll provide a product link to this individual
description so that you can buy this product so the most important aspect of starting
a fertilizer schedule is to make sure that you start at the right time now I
usually start my schedule in about February or March when the plant starts
showing some signs of growth as you can see here very closely this plant has
begun to show some signs of growth and this is the perfect time to start your
fertilizer schedule now in my zone which is Zone 9B, I start
my schedule in February so what do you do is just take the fertilizer and
sprinkle it around the base of the plant and remember you can do this same
procedure for fruit trees that are there in either containers or on the ground so
let’s start by looking at how you add fertilizer to containers and then what
you do is once you add the fertilizer you top it off with the compost or manure
in this case I’m using manure you can also use homemade compost the
more compost you add to the soil the better it is for your plants compost has a lot of
life in it and has a lot of beneficial bacteria that will really help your
plants grow and even our organic fertilizer has a lot of beneficial
bacteria so that should also help now what you do is just make sure you mix it
in the soil around the base of the plant and if you have a little shallow roots
do not worry you can just remove them from the surface the roots that develop
deeper into the soil are the ones that are better as you can see here we just
removed one and make sure there are no weeds around the base of the plant and
most importantly once you add the fertilizer you need to water thoroughly
so for this container size we are looking at at least four gallons of water that you
need to water the plant with so that the plant starts getting the nutrients
and you also avoid any kind of fertilizer burn by watering your plants
well and let’s see the same procedure again
this is for the Meyer Lemon Tree we’re gonna be sprinkling the fertilizer around
the base of the plant and then mix in the compost or manure now what you can
also do is mix the fertilizer and manure together and then spread along the base
of the plant but just so that I show you how much fertilizer to use I just separated
these two steps and as you can see here we are using probably about two or three
cups of fertilizer for plants of this size if you have bigger plants you might
want to use more fertilizer but no matter what do you do if you are using
about 3 cups or 4 cups of fertilizer that should be sufficient for most of
the plants and we do the same thing now we rake in the soil we use this cultivator
the handheld cultivator to mix in the fertilizer into the soil and eventually
this fertilizer will get in deeper so do not worry about that once you start
watering the plant and we are going to follow the same step we’re gonna water
this plant thoroughly and once that is done your fertilizer application is completed now
I do not recommend using synthetic fertilizers for mature trees if you’re
seeing that you’re plants are not going very well you can use of synthetic
fertilizer and I’ll also provide a link to that fertilizer product in the product
link but remember that it’s not an organic product so if you’re ok with it
you can go out and use it, there are absolutely no problems you can still go ahead and use
it but it’s up to you what you want to use for your plants and now we’re gonna see the same
procedure but this time our plant is in the ground Now this is our Washington navel orange and
what we gonna do here is I’m gonna mix in the fertilizer with the manure or the
compost you can use either one of them so once you mix it in you just
spread it on the base of the plant and this is a smaller plant I mean its a smaller
tree if you had a larger tree you can spread along the drip line which is
basically the outermost part of the plant where if you had to water the plant the water
falls down towards the base of the plant that the outermost ring of the plant and
make sure you add the fertilizer from all sides and if you have any leaves, if
you have any kind of mulch already present just cover it back and that should eventually
decompose and add even more nutrients
to your fruit trees And this is our fertilizer schedule
remember that the most important part is to start when the plants are
just beginning to show some signs of growth and then follow the schedule that
you see on your screen So after about 7 to 10 days of applying your
fertilizer you should see a lot of new growth in your plants and that’s an
indicator that the fertilizer is working and your plants are growing well and if
you follow this schedule you’ll be able to grow healthy plant that produces a
lot of fruit delicious fruits that you will enjoy so I’d like to know from you do you follow a fertilizer schedule right
now or were you looking to learn how to add fertilizer to your fruit trees so that
you can get started and I’d also like to know over whether you use organic
fertilizers or synthetic fertilizers and what do you prefer I’ll see you again
soon I’ll see you again soon Happy Gardening