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DISCUSSION / FERTILIZER / HOSTAS


1) Are second and third flushes of leaf growth on hostas a good or bad
sign?

2) Does growth late in the season lead to "soft" crown material that may
rot over winter? I have a feeling many people know this is true of woody
ornamental twig growth and assume this is true of herbaceous perennials
also.

3) Referenced to the first expected frost date in the growers/gardeners
area, how late is too late to expect beneficial plant response that
season?

4) Any recommendations on N-P-K ratios and timing of applications for
maximum benefit to the growth of hostas? (i.e, low N in the fall, high K
in the fall, high N in the spring, etc.)

5) Benefits to be expected from foliar fertilizing, side dressing,
proper pH, double digging, mulch, etc.

6) Organic/ chemical fertilizer recommendations. If you are an organic
gardener, what fertilizers do you use?

I am seeking antidotal evidence,  theoretical discussion, and experience
gained through growing other plant species.

Thanks for you input,

Dan Nelson
Bridgeville DE
zone 7
SussexTreeInc@ce.net


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