Refine your fertilizing this year!

Yet more words of wisdom from Mr Hagedorn. Excellent post and something that I have been trying to do for the last few years. The old wisdom of fertilization for all trees in Spring as new growth appears is utter tosh. I can already see a massive difference in my maples.

Michael Hagedorn

Nothing like a dogmatic title for good dramatics, right? I should add an ‘Or Else!’ but I don’t have the heart for it. Nevertheless, we should be duly chastised for broadcasting fertilizer as if it were an unmitigated good.

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Whatever that guy is using should obviously be applied with discretion-

For bonsai, generally we don’t need axes to control growth. And for fertilizing bonsai, we can make this one basic distinction:

  • Begin fertilizing a young, unrefined tree when it begins growing early in the spring
  • Wait a bit with an older, refined tree—usually begin fertilizing when it’s just hardening off it’s spring growth

This makes two assumptions:

  • For the young tree, you wish to develop the trunk size and continue it’s youthful vigor…to fatten trunk, develop branching, get big joyful growth, have loud cellular parties
  • For the old tree, you wish to retain an ‘old tree’ feeling…to have thin twigs…

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