The Original Acid Loving Plant Food
All Natural Plant Food with Bio-tone® Microbes
Available in 4, 8, 18 and 36 lb. Sizes
1 pound equals approx. 3 cupfuls.
Note: Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Laurel are shallow rooted plants. Keep them mulched and well watered in dry weather. Do not cultivate near them as surface roots may be cut and the plant damaged.
For New Plantings:
Dig hole larger than root of plant so that roots can spread naturally. Remove 1/2 of the soil and replace it with compost, peat moss or humus. Mix 1 cup of Holly-tone into amended soil. Place the plant in the hole so that it sits at the same depth it was previously growing (use soil mark on the trunk as a guide). Fill the hole halfway with amended soil. Pack the soil firmly, soak it with water, and allow it to settle. Finish filling hole leaving the top two inches loose for easy absorption of water. Make slight depression around the plant to help hold water. Add mulch to help conserve water, slow down evaporation, and control weeds. Keep well watered until plant is established.
For Established Plants:
Feed acid-loving plants twice yearly - Spring and Fall. Use half the recommended rate in the Fall application. If the area to be fed is mulched, it is preferable to remove the mulch, feed and then restore the mulch on top of the plant food. If this is not possible, double all recommended feeding rates.
- Sprinkle 1 lb. (3 cups) per inch of trunk diameter around drip line of plant (area under and slightly beyond branch spread). Triple the quantity for diameters 3 inches and over. For larger trees, make a series of holes under the branch spread starting 1/3 of the distance out from the trunk and extending a similar distance beyond the branch line. Holes should be 2-3 inches in diameter, 2-3 feet apart, and 12-18 inches deep. Divide the Holly-tone evenly among the holes and fill the remainder with soil. Water thoroughly.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of Holly-tone per foot of branch spread (diameter) around the drip line of the plant (area under and slightly beyond branch spread). Double the quantity if branch spread is 3 feet or larger.
- Garden Beds
- For new beds, mix 10 lbs. of Holly-tone per 100 sq. ft. into the top 4 inches of soil. For established beds, mix 5 lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
- Potted Plants
- Mix one part Holly-tone to 30 parts potting soil when planting. Feed established plants 1 teaspoon of Holly-tone for each 4 inches of pot diameter.
Some Popular Acid Loving Plants