a question about dynamite fertilizer

kawaiineko_gardener(5a)April 15, 2014

I mix a soilless mix recipe that I found here on garden web;

the 'recipe' is below...

2-3 cubic feet pine bark fines/mulch
5 gallons perlite
5 gallons sphagnum peat moss
2 cups slow release fertilizer (I use Osmocote)

Normally I Mix up my soil mix; when I do this, I pour the osmocote into the soil mix when I make it, and it feeds the plants the whole season.

Unfortunately some of the veggies (peppers and eggplants) don't like the Osmocote.

So I'd like to switch to dynamite fertilizer for veggies and flowers (found it online, it's the one in the pink bottle).

Is it slow-release, and can I directly mix it into the soil mix when I make it, and would this work?

I ask this because I used a fertilizer that was designed for applying to a plot (in the ground) and adding it a container mix, won't work, since it's not meant for that.

I really don't want to surface fertilize via a liquid fertilizer; adding the fertilizer to the mix, when I make it, is just simpler and easier for me.

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When I make a batch of potting mix I do not add the time delay fertilizer. When I actually do the potting I add the fertilizer. This gives me the opportunity to vary the type and amount of fertilizer to match what i am potting. Also mixing time release fertilizer into a damp mix starts the clock. Al

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 10:48AM
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When I make the soil mix, it's dry. If the ingredients are wet, I let it dry out before I plant.

Thank you for posting on my thread, and sorry if this comes off as rude, it's not my intention, but you never answered my original questions.

Can you please do so?

Thank you

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 11:22AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

My advice is that you follow the directions on the bottle.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:07PM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

I really like the product myself. Osmocote only works for 3 months when temps reach 85 degrees, that is not long enough.Dynamite will work for 4-5 months at those temps. Mixing it in the soil will work fine. I would add slightly more than suggested.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 11:42PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I use MG Shake n Feed. It is also Slow Release. It is readily available off the shelf in big box stores and the cost is not very high. 4 pound sells for about $14.50 pls tx.

I used it just for containers. It is too expensive for garden beds. There are less expensive fertilizers for in ground veggies.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 1:44AM
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'Unfortunately some of the veggies (peppers and eggplants) don't like the Osmocote'

What is the problem you've observed with the use of Osmacote with your peppers and eggplants? It's hard to say whether Dynamite will be better if we don't know what problem you're trying to solve.


    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 8:36AM
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