One of the most important things you can do for new fruit trees is help them to become established in their environment. Once established, fruit trees are practically self-reliant! The first thing you can do to get your new trees off to the right start is choose the proper planting site. During the growing season, it also helps to fertilize new trees to provide nutrients when trees need them most.
Nitrogen — the first number in the ‘NPK’ value on fertilizer — is what encourages green, vegetative growth. This growth helps create more surface area for photosynthesis; a process by which your trees absorb energy and grow well. Phosphorous/phosphate, the second number, helps encourage root development, which especially important for new plants. Phosphate also helps to encourage blossom and fruit development once fruit trees mature. Potassium (the last number) helps to regulate metabolism and other processes within the tree.
Example of a balanced ‘NPK’ value: 10-10-10 or 12-12-12
The best time to fertilize fruit trees is during the growing season, starting in early spring (around bud-break) and finishing by July. Fertilizing too late in the season can cause trees to grow when they should be shutting down for the winter. This tender new growth, when pushed too late in the season, is also more susceptible to winter injury.
Watch as Elmer demonstrates how to use our Stark® Tre-Pep® Fertilizer on young fruit trees »
You may repeat application of Stark® Tre-Pep® Fertilizer every 10 days, during the growing season, until July. Find tips on how to fertilize your mature fruit trees here.