[NAFEX] Low pH and fertilizer availability
hartmansfruittrees at wport.com
Thu Jan 5 20:08:45 EST 2006
A good way to spread the apple maggot if there are some in the apples.
I wouldn't recommend it for that reason.
Dennis Norton wrote:
>For those of you who may make your own apple cider, the apple pulp left from
>cider manufacture is a good source for acid loving plants. Since we
>manufacture about 5,000 gallons a season, we have plenty of pulp to use. We
>have a conveyer attached to our cider press that carries the pulp to the
>outside of our building and dumps the pulp into a manure spreader. We then
>hook up the spreader to a tractor and spread it between our raspberry plant
>rows. Rarely do we have to add additional supplement because the apple pulp
>usually does the job. We repeat this process every time we make cider every
>Royal Oak Farm Orchard
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jim Fruth" <jfruth at uslink.net>
>To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 8:47 AM
>Subject: [NAFEX] Low pH and fertilizer availability
>> A few weeks, or so, ago, someone proposed the hypothesis that
>>acid-loving plants don't need a low pH so long as sufficient nutrients are
>>abundantly available. I asked someone who should know as much as anyone
>>here is his reply:
>>I would tend to agree with the pH issue, except that the acid loving
>>are not capable of taking up nutrients unless the soil pH is acidic.
>>I have seen a lot of blueberry plants fail because the pH was too high
>>though adequate nutrients were available for good plant health of other
>>plants. Aluminum sulfate should probably be avoided. Ammonium sulfate
>>a nitrogen source will help keep
>>the soil pH lower too.
>>Happy New Year!
>>David K. Wildung
>>Professor and Center Horticulturist
>>University of Minnesota
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