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Bio-Enhanced 10-8-8 All Purpose Plant Food
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10-8-8 is a balanced All-Purpose Fertilizer that builds a healthy plant, top to bottom. Almost every type of plant will thrive on the 10-8-8. It provides enough nitrogen for steady growth, but it contains more phosphorus and potassium than the 16-4-8, which means better rooting and resistance to fungus and weather stress. Apply monthly during the growing season to established trees and shrubs or use it on the lawn when you want more fertility and less growth.
The 10-8-8 is supplemented (Bio-Enhanced) with Nature's Magic, our natural nutrient package derived from Seaweed, Humic Acids, and Molasses. This gives you additional vitamins, bio-stimulants, and trace elements including Vitamins B-1, B-12, Gibberellins, Indoles, Auxins, Boron, Iron, Zinc, Cobalt, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum and Sulfur.
10-8-8 can also be used foliarly as part of our 4 Step Garden Fertilizing Program during the Growth Stage. Nutrients are immediately available and response is very fast.
GROUND FERTILIZING for Shrubs, Trees, Flowers, Perennials, Bushes: Apply monthly at 2 oz per gallon of water for an average size shrub, drenching the soil around all plants using a watering can or hose-end sprayer. Can be applied right over the tops of plants. If fertilizing beds of plants close together, apply at 8-12 oz per 1000 sf monthly. Morning applications are best, and always add a little Aerify! or Aerify PLUS to the mix to help improve the soil as you fertilize.
I used the 10-8-8 and the 6-14-6 liquid fertilizers on these Beefsteak tomatoes. I had my best harvest ever and they were delicious.
Dormant Shrub and Tree Fertilizing. One of the best times to fertilize shrubs and small trees is in the late fall when the leaves are dropping or have finished dropping. The other time to Dormant Feed is in the spring, before the plants begin to grow. You can fertilize at heavier rates at this time of the year, and it will last throughout most of the year.
For Shrubs: Drench the soil around the root area with 4-5 oz 10-8-8 per average size shrub (approximately a 2½ foot diameter plant). Increase amount proportionately for larger plants and decrease for smaller plants. If fertilizing beds of plants close together, apply at 3 quart per 1000 sf of bed. We recommend using a hose-end sprayer set at 4-6 oz per gallon of water.
For Young Trees: Use 4-5 oz for every inch of diameter of trunk at chest height
FOR FOLIAR FEEDING OF PLANTS AND GARDENS
10-8-8 is used primarily in the Growth Stage of our 4 Step Garden Fertilizing Program. It is used up until the plants begin to bud or blossom. Then you would switch to our 6-14-6 to help product more flowers and fruits. 10-8-8 can also be used in drip irrigation systems.
RATES: (See Foliar Feeding Information and Tips below)
GARDENS (Including Grapes, Berries, Fruit Trees, Houseplants): Mix 2 oz 10-8-8 per gallon of water or 1 tablespoon per quart of water. Use a fine mist hand or pump sprayer and coat the bottoms and tops of leaves only to the point of run-off. Apply every 10 days until buds or blossoms appear and then switch to our 6-14-6.
ROW CROPS: Apply at 2 quarts in sufficient water to cover per acre every 10 days until buds or blossoms appear. Then switch to our 6-14-6 for the next growth stage.
TREE CROPS: Apply at 1 gallon in sufficient water to cover per acre every 10 days until buds or blossoms appear. Then switch to our 6-14-6 for the next growth stage.
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Foliar Feeding Information and Tips
Foliar (through the leaves) feeding is a great way to get more from your lawns and plantings - even those that have already been fertilized through the ground. Nutrients sprayed correctly on leaves are absorbed quickly and are distributed throughout the whole plant or tree within minutes. This means that you only have to spray some of the leaves to get nutrients to all of the plant, including the roots. This can boost plant health and production dramatically. So, whether you want greener grass, more flowers, more fruits or vegetables, or just more growth from a plant, foliar feeding every two weeks is a great technique for serious gardeners.
- Spray early to late morning for better absorption. Early evening is the next best time.
- Only spray plants that have been watered regularly and are not under drought stress.
- Avoid spraying during the heat of the day or the spray can evaporate before it is absorbed.
- Add some dish soap or our Wetting Agent to help the spray spread and stick better. A fine mist spray sticks best, but hose-end sprayers can be effective if done a little more heavily and during the right time of day.
- Try to reach the underside of leaves because that is where most of the pores (stomata) are.