What fertilizer to use

chuckby(z5NY)May 30, 2009

I have a Common Snowball Viburnum and a Summer Wine Ninebark shrubs. What type of ferilizer do I use on these shrubs? I put 5-10-5 on in the spring. The Viburnum hardly flowers. Both look like they need something more. Or do I need to put a acid fertilizer on them like HollyTone?? Thank you

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Shrubs generally flower based on sufficient age and sun exposure. Fertilization is generally not the issue, but you are welcome to have your soil tested to see if there is a deficiency that should be amended.

Is the viburnum getting enough sun during the summer months (after mature trees have leafed out around it)? How old is the viburnum, did it used to flower better?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 10:19AM
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Dan Staley

Agreed that lack of fert is not the issue. As to what the issue could be, more info needed.


    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 12:55PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i drive by 100 year old abandoned homestead out here in the country ...

and the shrubs ARE HUGE...

never fed.. never watered.. ignored.. unloved..

and just enjoying life to the max ....

in summation.. shrubs do NOT need fertilizer ...


    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 5:44PM
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The viburnum is about 7-8 years old. It gets sunshine from sun up in the morning till about 7:30 PM. It previously flowered but never alot. I will check the soil. The Ninebark shrub is only a year old and it gets more sunshine than the viburnum. Thanks for your help

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 8:38PM
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