Thanks for the quick replies. Here is where my ignorance is really going to show.
I fertilized back in May, and it was beat into my head not to over fertilize new trees (planted in October 2019). I used something from the hardware store, I think a 3-3-3 or 6-6-6, one cup per tree.
I have all the trees on drip irrigation lines, but I’m not sure how that effects getting fertilizer to the trees. The little fertilizer beads don’t get hit by the emitters.
This year I bought this fertilizer. The nursery said it should work for any fruit tree, but I’m expecting that is too good to be true… It’s like a dirt, so I mixed it with water in a bucket and poured it around the trees. That’s The only way I could think to get it through the mulch and dirt to the roots.
Another problem we realized is that we used an auger to plant the trees. Nice deep holes with a 50/50 mix of local soil and planting mix, but only marginally larger than the root ball from the nursery. Our soil is very clay rich, so I think we probably set them up for failure.
The trees we put in this year are in big holes, 3-4 feet wide and 2-3 inches deep. Local soil tilled with expanded shale in the bottom, then a mix of local soil, “Dyno dirt” (compost and sandy soil mixed at the local dump), and a cup or two of the above fertilizer. I’m hoping that works much better.
I guess I got so focused on the fungus attacking the stone fruit that I completely forgot about fertilizing. Like I said, ignorant.
Would a nutrient deficiency allow for bright new leaves, that eventually turn black and die? The new growth at the bottom of the fig looks great, but I can already see some black spots forming
And that’s just the figs. In our zeal, we planted fig, cherry, plum, pomegranate, pear, peach, apple, blueberry, persimmon, and a weeping willow! I picked all varieties recommended by the local Ag school, but now I have to figure out the fertilizing needs of each fruit…