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Fertilizing Seedlings (TX)

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From: Charles Boyte
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Bullard, TX
I'm not from Illinois, but I have had a hard time finding an answer to the question of fertilizer for Black Walnut seedlings. I collected 100 nuts last year from my single tree. I removed the husks and strategies them for 3 and a half months in the fridge. I planted them in a nursery bed February the 5th. I now have 85 seedlings that have been transplanted about 25 feet apart. They range in height from 6-10 tall now. I would like to give them a little more help with fertilizer. Can I use the multipurpose Miracle grow? Or should I choose something different? Thanks!

 
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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
jhayek@illinois.edu
Hi Charles:

I'm not a big fan of fertilizing recently transplanted seedlings or nursery stock due to the simple fact that many fertilizers can "burn" the delicate existing and emerging root system. I'm not against fertilization, I just thinks it's unnecessary during the first two years after transplanting.

However, if you absolutely "must" fertilize your newly planted trees, then use a low NPK fertilizer blend such as 8-8-8 or 12-12-12.

Best of luck!

 
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