It’s important to feed fruit trees every year and to feed them only once a year.
Fruit trees should never be over fertilized.
The best time for feeding trees is when they are at “silver tip”. Silver tip is when the buds are swollen and look silver.
But this year we’re late in feeding our fruit trees and just got to it yesterday.
Some years we use Calcium Nitrate 15-5-00 – sometimes called Norgessalpete or Norwegian saltpeter * Ca(NO3)2* to feed the trees in our orchard. The trees are fed by sprinkling the fertilizer from the base of the tree to the “drip line”. The drip line for a tree is directly underneath the farthest extending branches.
We feed our fruit trees at the following rates:
- 8lbs. for large trees
- 6 lbs. for medium trees
- 1 lb. for small trees
It’s been a very dry spring and hopefully it will rain soon so the trees will benefit from the feeding.
So far it looks like it’s going to be a good year year for apples and pears.