more watering questions
With help from posters, I've tried to follow all the steps for successful use of the gritty mix. But while my small Japanese maples are faring ok, the leaves of all the larger ones are crinkled and dried up. The trees look dead. I think it must be due to my fertilizing and/or watering. It would be a great help if you could point out where I'm going wrong.
These larger Jms are 3' tall and planted in 7 gallon containers. I'm using FP: 1/4 tsp. in each gallon of water. I fertilize every other day, applying one gallon of the fertilizing solution to each of the containers. On alternate days, I apply one gallon of water only. (Actually, every second time I water only, I apply even more water to flush all the salts (?) out of the mix.) I've read so many times about applying enough water so that at least 15-20% flows out the drainage holes. That's a bit difficult to calculate so I apply water until it's flowing freely. For these plants, that's about a gallon.
Bottom line is that each plant is getting a total of 3/4-1 tsp. of FP weekly and a gallon of water daily. From what I've read and been advised, this is the correct amount of fertilizer for plants. But does that mean all plants, regardless of size? Should trees be getting a larger amount?
Also, are they getting enough water? Too much water?
I've read from some of you that successful gardeners are not born with the skills; rather they learn and develop them. That is what I'm trying to do.
Will appreciate all suggestions and directions.