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Mr. Clean:
The main ingredient in a bag of store bought fertilizer appeared to be small rocks, which did not dissolve in water.  I have since started buying fertilizer from the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Tree Counsel.  Out of curiousity, has anyone used these homemade fertilizers?  The Epsom Salt seemed to be interesting, it would dissolve in water and be easy to apply.

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/doityourself/tp/Homemade_Fertilizer.htm

zands:

--- Quote from: lawace on April 12, 2012, 05:07:04 PM ---The main ingredient in a bag of store bought fertilizer appeared to be small rocks, which did not dissolve in water.  I have since started buying fertilizer from the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Tree Counsel.  Out of curiousity, has anyone used these homemade fertilizers?  The Epsom Salt seemed to be interesting, it would dissolve in water and be easy to apply.

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/doityourself/tp/Homemade_Fertilizer.htm

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You are so lucky you live near Excalibur Nursery. You can buy 50lbs of their very nice custom blend 8-3-9 with minor elements for $20. What a bargain!!!   I bought two bags of that stuffs and sold off half a bag to a friend. Fertilizer is only going up in price, This 8-3-9 is good for fruit trees of all kinds....someone should correct me on this if I am wrong on this. I know that older larger mangoes can do great just on Potassium instead of 8-3-9 which is more for the younger ones

bsbullie:

--- Quote from: zands on April 12, 2012, 05:17:11 PM ---
--- Quote from: lawace on April 12, 2012, 05:07:04 PM ---The main ingredient in a bag of store bought fertilizer appeared to be small rocks, which did not dissolve in water.  I have since started buying fertilizer from the Palm Beach Rare Fruit Tree Counsel.  Out of curiousity, has anyone used these homemade fertilizers?  The Epsom Salt seemed to be interesting, it would dissolve in water and be easy to apply.

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/doityourself/tp/Homemade_Fertilizer.htm

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You are so lucky you live near Excalibur Nursery. You can buy 50lbs of their very nice custom blend 8-3-9 with minor elements for $20. What a bargain!!!   I bought two bags of that stuffs and sold off half a bag to a friend. Fertilizer is only going up in price, This 8-3-9 is good for fruit trees of all kinds....someone should correct me on this if I am wrong on this. I know that older larger mangoes can do great just on Potassium instead of 8-3-9 which is more for the younger ones

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The 8-3-9 is actually good for a lot of plants, not just fruit trees.  It is good for ornamental shrubs and palms (it is actually a customized palm fert).  What makes it good is that is is custom blended with the minor elements that our SFla soil lacks, and that the plants need.  Your "basic" citrus/fruit/mango fert from the big box stores do not have the minors so in a sense while you may be giving your trees a fert that is "supposed" to be "formulated" for them, you are also causing your trees to still be lacking in many nutrients that they so badly need.

Mr. Clean:
The Palm Beach Rare Fruit Council has it's own blend of fertilizer.  Do the Broward and Miami-Dade County Rare Fruit councils also have their own fertilizer blended?

puglvr1:
I too wish Excalibur was a lot closer to me for many reasons.

What do you guys think about this Vigoro Citrus and Avocado Fertilizer Plus minors? Its one that is available to me through Home Depot.

http://milo.com/40-lb-citrus-avocado-food

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