28 thoughts on “Advice for Fertilizing Bare Root Fruit Trees

    John Witte

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    I am confused… your equation has a 5 year old apple tree getting 7lbs of fertilizer but in the video you say 1.5lbs.

    R Dy

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Thank you for your tips and tricks. I have not grown any trees on my BARE landscape but it's my goal. I'm a novice…and still learning. I truly appreciate all the information you have provided. I have clay…farm land soil that I'm trying to turn into a health rich environment. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your video's. I especially like when you reference my zone 7b area. Not many gardeners do.

    alexandru popa

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    I pruned my plum trees in the spring of 2016. It was a pretty radical pruning because they were not for about 3 years. They have not made any production in 2016. It is due the way I cut them? Thanks! https://youtu.be/RCawN8Q16r0

    vuemary87

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    I have pear tree that the first year bear 2 pears and since then did not bear anymore fruit and I do not know where to begin so my pear tree can bear fruits again, i do not know much on growing fruit trees, can you give me suggestions or advice on what, where, and how I can do or used so my pear tree will bear fruits?

    downbntout

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Awesome vid. I'm impressed. Thanks! I'm out to see what my trees need.

    Bon Summers

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    From what I've noticed, with applied fertilizers, all that the fruit trees need for fertilizer are mineral fertilizer, not fertilizers which contain nitrogen. Nitrogen fertilizers are a waste. The biological activity in the soil along with water takes care of the nitrogen need. So, for example, with what Peaceful Valley sells, all you need to add, to optimize fruit quality, for the most luscious delicious fruit, is to use a blend of soft rock phosphate, potassium sulfate, and that sierra nutra-min micronutrient blend you sell.

    What's your response to this? I know, I've been growing fruit trees/vines since the 1980's.

    Though yes, I realize in a farm situation there's the nutrient cycle with having farm animals, but still, if one can afford the occasional use of the mineral fertilizers, you'll get the best quality fruit.

    Sako S

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Thank you !

    Sako S

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Assuming the round plastic cover under the tree is to stop rabbits and squirrels from going up on the trees? Does it help? Do you sell them?

    miragexl007

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    a little too much I think for most….I switched to the the fertilizer stakes after 2 years and they have done great. my trees cant look any better.  I've never used as many stakes as recommended…usually 1-2 less.  I was wondering about Not fertilizing.  Mine have grown extremely well over the last 6 years or so.  I believe Ill cut back even more on the stakes or just not use them this year and see what happens.

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    There are ornamental varieties of banana that will never fruit, other causes include soil below 68 degrees, saline soil, planted closer to one another than 6-8 ft., inadequate fertilization they like lots of potassium. Bananas are actually large herbacious plants that fruit when they have 12-20 leaves. If yours has more leaves than that and still not fruit, it's probably an ornamental variety. Good luck with your plants!

    Lokesh Bhyan

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    are there some kind of trees which do not give fruits.how to differenciate between them?like i had a banana tree and it did not gave any fruit for almost 3 and a half years.is there some problem?

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    We sell them on our site. If you follow the link to the fertilizer calculator and go to the very bottom to find the purple link "auger attachment" that will take you right to the product page where you can purchase the attachment. Thank you!

    Ruth Nolte

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    where do i find one of those long augers to fit on my drill?

    sami meazi

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    My fruit tree it's been long time never change still the same size as I bought it never growing I don't know why? what I can do? Pls

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    No, that's normal. Fruit trees typically bloom first, and then leaf out. You should see leaves follow pretty quickly after bloom.

    tracy munday

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Thank you for your help. I have my first 3 year old dwarf apple from last year, but the tree this year has no leaves but has clusters of pink coloured flowers. Do you think I have done something wrong?

    bintlooda

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    I learned alot from this video thank u

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Check out the link to our blog post in the description. We built a calculator on our site and all you have to do is type in the age or size of your tree and the N of the fertilizer you're using and it does all the math for you. Compost is a great idea for any tree.

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Yes, that should work beautifully.

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Great, glad to hear you've had such good success! Citrus trees are a different thing than deciduous fruit trees they are evergreen and should be fertilized regularly.

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Yes, those are micronutrients, phosphorus, and potassium. You normally want to avoid nitrogen at planting. Phosphorus at planting for deficient soils (like the Sierra Nevada Foothills) is recommended because it doesn't move through soil easily like nitrogen and potassium.

    Isabel S

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Hi Tricia. Planted my two year old European and Italian plum trees and they are looking beautiful! Is it ok to add Prime Start Booster blend, Azomite, Glacial rock dust and Greensand to soil?

    Richard family farm Homestead

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    hello are you married,

    Bill Bird

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Patricia, I'm afraid I have to respectfully disagree. The best fruit tree fertilization advice I ever got came from the Folsom City Horticulturist. His advice? Fertilize all fruit trees, once a month, every month out of the year, without fail. Don't fertilize a lot mind you — just a handful per tree or bush — but keep with the once a month schedule. Yes, this includes winter months. Since I adopted this schedule? My fruit and citrus trees have taken off in terms of growth. Very productive too.

    Barry Gibson

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Yeah a wee bit of confusion but absolutely look forward to seeing new updates on your videos every few days, gr8 videos luv them

    Jamison Brooks

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    I have a few rabbits. Will rabbit manure work in stead of chicken manure

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Great! That's why I like the target growth rates, you can tell whether your tree needs it or is fine without it.

    GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

    (August 22, 2018 - 2:38 am)

    Yes, that's a tree guard. It protects from girdling by rabbits and accidental damage by weed whackers.

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