Question from Trinidad:
I just read on one of your books that Brunfelsias can take two shots of high nitrogen fertilizer in December and January. What kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Do I do a soil drench or spray on leaves?
I care for a garden that has approximately 100 of them. I would love to try this.
Answer from Pat:
I used to recommend using any synthetic liquid nitrogen fertilizer for this task but now that I have gone back to my roots as an organic gardener I think organic fertilizer is best since it causes less run-off. Blood meal is one organic nitrogen fertilizer that is strong and fast acting it contains iron also so it would be very beneficial to brunfelsias. No I would not spray the leaves, only drench the soil. I don’t know how large the plants are or how large the containers are in which they are growing, but maybe you could give each container one or two tablespoons of blood meal according to size and then water it thoroughly into the ground. Applying an organic, yucca-based wetting agent might help too since blood meal seems to shed water.
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