Fertilizing mother plants

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Fertilizing mother plants

Post: # 71673Post jdreyer
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:22 pm

Can't seem to find this topic addressed clearly, but wondering what is your experience with fertilization of mother plants. From somewhere I have in mind that too much can cause dropped hips, but can't locate a reference? Also any difference between impact of granular vs foliar on hips? Thanks

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Re: Fertilizing mother plants

Post: # 71675Post roseseek
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:05 pm

Generally, plants which "think" they are in danger of dying, tend to set MUCH more fruit than those which are well fed with plenty of resources. Joe Winchell used to "root prune" by running a shovel through the root zone around his seed plants to make them 'think' they were going to die to force them to set more hips. Think of old apricot and peach trees on their last legs tending to appear to fruit themselves to death.
California Central Coast
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Sunset Zone 15
Cooler inland coastal valley with strong marine influence

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