Husk24 wrote:Thanks JONA , forgive me I'm a little confused being a newbie, you keep referring to spray? I just mix the seaweed fertiliser with water in a watering can? Do you suggest I spray it on the leaves /buds instead of watering below?
Also you said I should not fertiliser until fruit has set in earlier post but you said I could spray early when flowering?
There are two ways of applying seaweed Husk.
Water it in around the base like you are doing...or apply it in a spray form. The spray method is the one most growers would use as it gets the nutrients to their target quicker than via root uptake.
As to timing.
Their is a period when it's not advisable to apply fert....especially nitrogen....to fruit trees. This is between the blossom period and the end of the June drop. Which usually means early July!
A heavy hit of nitrogen dureing this period can give the tree a big growth spurt and in the process encourage a larger fruit drop than you may want.
The most common way of applying general purpose fertiliser is to top dress the area around the tree in the spring and early fall. Then dureing the actual growing time of the year use the spray method of application as this is so much faster. Liquid Seaweed, urea, calcium( for bitter pit) etc can even be added to the normal spray routine so no extra work involved.