For more than 30 years, Gardens Alive has been one of the country's most successful mail-order gardening companies. The company began in the home of expert gardener, Niles Kinerk. Gardens Alive is committed to offering the most effective and environmentally responsible gardening solutions, and we continue to learn and test plant food and fertilizers to find and offer the best all-natural products.
Different plants have different nutritional needs. For instance, strawberries require lots of nitrogen. Blueberries love acidic soil. Fruit trees require lots of macro and micronutrients for the best yields. When selecting berry fertilizer and fruit tree food, start with selecting a fertilizer designed for the specific plant's needs.
Next, we recommend choosing one with all-natural ingredients rather than a synthetic fertilizer.
Natural fertilizers release nutrients more slowly and feed the soil at the same time. Gardens Alive's all-natural fertilizers are formulated to provide the right ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to meet the needs of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and fruit trees. Because these are slow-release plant foods, the plant food gives your fruit trees and berries a steady diet of nutrients.
Synthetic fertilizers usually offer a few nutrients to the plants in a form that gives them a quick, but short-lived boost. The fertilizer is often lost quickly from the soil, meaning you may have to fertilize your fruit plants more often.
Our all-natural fruit tree food and berry fertilizer are designed to promote steady plant growth and better-tasting fruits.
Because the application rates and times vary depending on the fruits that you are growing, we recommend following the label instructions on the specific fruit fertilizer you are using. Here are some other tips.
Fertilizers have different N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium) ratios. Our fruit fertilizers are formulated with N-P-K ratios that meet the specific nutritional requirements of berry plants and fruit trees.
Fruit tree food and berry fertilizer are usually applied at the time of planting and again during the growing season. For fruit trees, we recommend applying fertilizer in the spring and in late July.
We recommend applying about 2 cups of fruit tree food at planting time. For existing trees, the application amount will vary with the tree size. Trees with a larger area under their drip lines will require more fruit tree food. The amount of fruit fertilizer used for berries will depend on what type of berries you are planting. For instance, the application rate for blackberries is ¼ cup per plant at planting time. We then recommend broadcasting berry fertilizer in early spring and again when fruit starts to set.Back to Top
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