For Improved Quality in Fruits and Flowers and for Use as a Starter Fertilizer
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FORMULA 3-18-18 is part of our 4 Step Garden Fertilizing Program. We recommend spraying foliarly (on the leaves) or through drip irrigation during the Maturation Stage of the seasonal growth cycle of your plants. This is your secret to having the highest quality in flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Why Foliar Feed?
Plants need different nutrients at different stages of development. Granular fertilizer blends applied pre-planting may or may not release the proper nutrients when they are needed. Nutrient release can be affected by soil compaction and drainage, bio-activity,soil temperature, dry or wet weather, and a host of other factors.
By Foliar Feeding your plants the right nutrients exactly when they are needed you can get better and more predictable results in your garden than you ever thought possible. Foliar feeding is a fast and very economical way to fertilize.
Use at Fruit Maturation Stage
Once your plants have produced fruit (or vegetables) and that fruit begins to mature, high POTASH with high PHOSPHORUS is now needed with just the right amount of nitrogen. This combination, found in FORMULA 3-18-18, will help “finish'” the fruit and build quality in your crop. It will keep better, taste better and will have higher sugar and more dissolved solids, which are indicators of better quality.
For Flower Crops use our 6-14-6 to promote initial budding, then switch to FORMULA 3-18-18 for higher quality, longer lasting flowers.
APPLICATION RATES -FOLIAR SPRAYING
GARDENS: (Including Grapes, Berries, Fruit Trees): Mix at 2 oz FORMULA 3-18-18 per gallon of water and mist tops and bottoms of leaves with a fine mist sprayer. Moisten only to the point of run-off. Apply after fruit has begun to change color or is beginning to mature. Apply every 10-14 days.
ROW CROPS: Mix 1-2 qts FORMULA 3-18-18 in sufficient water to cover per acre. Mist tops and bottoms of leaves. Moisten only to the point of run-off. Apply after fruit has begun to change color or is beginning to mature. Apply every 10-14 days.
TREE CROPS: Mix 1 gallon FORMULA 3-18-18 with sufficient water to cover per acre. Use a Minimum of 50 gallons water. mist tops and bottoms of leaves with a fine mist sprayer. Moisten only to the point of run-off. Apply after fruit has begun to change color or is beginning to mature. Apply every 10-14 days.
FLOWERS: Mix 2 oz FORMULA 3-18-18 per gallon of water. Mist tops and bottoms of matured plant leaves. Use after blooming stage.
LAWNS / BEDS: For supplemental Phosphorus and Potassium needed per Soil Test or Leaf Tissue Analysis. Apply 1 qt FORMULA 3-18-18 per 4000 sf every 3-5 weeks. Can be applied with a hose-end sprayer at up to 4 oz per gallon of water.
FOR USE AS A STARTER FERTILIZER
FORMULA 3-18-18 combined with Nature's Magic makes a great starter fertilizer for any type of seed. It provides the nutrients, trace elements and organics needed for deep rooting and quick establishment of the new plants. If your soil is compacted or clay-like, we recommend regular applications of Aerify or Aerify PLUS to improve these conditions and reduce the likelihood of under-developed roots.
FOR GARDEN or LAWN SEEDING: Mix 3 cups FORMULA 3-18-18 with 1 cup Nature's Magic per 3000 sf. Mix with sufficient water to cover. Apply to soil pre-planting.
ROW CROP SEEDING: Mix 3 qts FORMULA 3-18-18 with 1 qt Nature's Magic and apply with sufficient water to cover per acre. Apply to soil pre-planting.
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