Urban Farm's FRUIT TREE Nutrition Schedule

This page is an expanded and updated version of our Fruit Tree Nutrition Schedule that we talk about in our classes. Below you will find the three different ways to fertilize, the four dates for granular fertilizer, and the seasonal application guide. Remember – we want you to succeed!

Note: if this seems complicated, we are working on a Care Level Guide that will help you work your way up to the maximum results in our Ultra Success level. Stay tuned.

Methods of Application:
(3 ways to fertilize)

Granular

 4 times a year 

 

Level of Care

Basic 

Portion out fertilizer and minerals, either by tree or by groups of trees, into large bucket and mix well. Dig several (3-7) trowel-sized holes in soil under mulch just inside drip line (edge of leaf canopy). Divide and bury granules among the holes. Replace soil and mulch. It is important to follow up with regular deep watering. 

Fertilizer: 1 pound (2.5 cups) organic granular fertilizer per inch trunk diameter. We recommend BioFlora and Tank’s SuperMix as locally made organic fertilizer. Local pick up available.
Minerals: 1 pound of Azomite per tree, twice a year.

 

Drench

Monthly

 

Level of Care

Intermediate

This is done year round in areas that the ground does not freeze.
For each tree: Prepare solution in a 5 gallon bucket with 4-5 gallons of water. Pour solution in basin along drip line (edge of leaf canopy).  Follow with regular deep watering.

 NOTE: For first year start with 5 oz Heart per tree to help kick start the bio life in your soil. Then for young trees use at least 3 oz per tree; for larger trees with larger basins work up to 5 oz per tree per month.

Optional if not doing foliar spraying: This will not produce as rapid or as strong results as directly foliar feeding but will deliver the nutrients to the trees through the root system. As a substitute for foliar feeding add the seasonal foliar mixture (double for large trees) to the drench solution. 

Foliar

Monthly/Bi-weekly

 

Levels of Care

Intermediate &

Ultra Success

 

Mix seasonal solution in a 1 or 2 gallon sprayer with water for easiest application. Spray solution on tops & bottoms of leaves, branches, and trunk. Do not spray on flowers. Avoid high heat, & freezes. Best in early morning or just before dusk when air temps around 70-75 degrees, not truly as effective over 85 degrees.  

Levels of Care:

Intermediate: Be sure to foliar feed monthly. This is done in early morning on the hotter days, and at end of day on colder days. 

Ultra Success: Feed your trees twice a month or every two weeks, you can reduce portions slightly. This will maximize your tree health and vitality.

We highly recommend HyKreations liquid amendments as locally made organic solutions which we offer in a special 4 quart bundle including 1 quart of Heart free. Both local pick up and shipping available.

HyKreations 1 capful = ~7ml.   6 caps = ~1oz

 Granular Fertilizer Four Application Dates:

Valentine’s Day (mid-Feb)
Tax Day
(mid-Apr)
Memorial Day
(late May)
Labor Day
(mid-Sep)

NOTE: This is Basic Urban Farm Level Care.  Do not skip this process.

 Seasonal Application Guide:
(Dosage recipes)

 WINTER  
December, January, February

Granular:  

1 application in mid-February (Valentine’s Day) of organic fertilizer (measured per inch trunk). Follow with deep watering. 

Drench:  

1 application per month, skip if ground is frozen. Prepare in large bucket and pour around the basin of the tree. Follow with a regular deep watering. 

 = 3 to 5 oz HEART / 5 gals water

 

Foliar:  

1 or 2 applications per month, weather permitting. Avoid freezing temperatures. Apply to tops and bottoms of leaves just before dusk to avoid direct sunlight on droplets. Good for trunks & limbs too.

= 5 ml ESSENCE and 15 ml SOUL / 1 gal water
(1 capful ESSENCE and 3 capfuls SOUL)

 SPRING 
March, April, May

Granular:  

1 application in mid-April (Tax day) of organic fertilizer (measured per inch trunk) and for added nutrition add 1 pound of Azomite per tree. Follow with deep watering. 

1 application in end of May (Memorial Day) of organic fertilizer (measured per inch trunk). Then deep water. 

Drench:  

1 application per month. Prepare in large bucket and pour around the basin of the tree. Follow with a regular deep watering. 

 = 3 to 5 oz HEART / 5 gals water

Foliar:  

2 applications per month, weather permitting. 

For best fruit production start spray applications at bud break / bud swell. Stop all foliar feeding while flowers are present, and resume once fruit has set/formed. Apply just before dawn or dusk. When high temps arrive, switch to early AM only. Stop foliar feedings 2 weeks before harvest.

= 1 oz NOBLE GILLS and 1 oz SOUL / 1 gal water

Note: Using Noble Gills before flowering will improve fruit set. Use this recipe for any fruit tree the whole month before flowering regardless of month/season.

  SUMMER 
June, July, August

Granular:  

No fertilizer applications. Be sure to watch your watering schedule and increase frequency.

Drench:  

1 application per month. Prepare in large bucket and pour around the basin of the tree. Follow with a regular deep watering. 

 = 3 to 5 oz HEART / 5 gals water

Foliar:  

1 or 2 applications per month, weather permitting. Avoid extreme heat, triple digit weather and direct sunlight. Switch to just drench applications if early morning temps stay above 85 degrees.

= 5 ml ESSENCE and 15 ml SOUL / 1 gal water
(1 capful ESSENCE and 3 capfuls SOUL)

FALL  
September, October, November

Granular:  

1 application in mid-September (Labor Day) of organic fertilizer (measured per inch trunk) and for added nutrition add 1 pound of Azomite per tree. Follow with deep watering. 

Drench:  

1 application per month. Prepare in large bucket and pour around the basin of the tree. Follow with a regular deep watering. 

 = 3 to 5 oz HEART / 5 gals water

Foliar:  

2 applications per month starting when early morning temps dip below 85 degrees. Avoid extreme heat, triple digit weather & direct sunlight.

= 5 ml ESSENCE and 15 ml SOUL / 1 gal water

A little note about our education program.

We have have been creating fruit tree educational content for several decades. A few years ago we started gathering all this in our Fruit Tree Member Resources area in an online portal. This member area includes a full contingent of educational videos and most of our PDF resources that can be downloaded. We encourage you to check it out by clicking HERE

Portal access is separate from our online store so you may need to create a new password for that area. Access is free and granted automatically for anyone who has purchased trees or supplies through our Online Store. This is the same portal that houses all of the Urban Farm U courses like Jump Start Your Urban Farm and Growing Food The Basics.