Timing – How Often:
- Vegetables – Fertilize vegetables monthly
- Fruit & Shade Trees – Fertilize 3 times per year; in March, June and October.
- Shrubs – Every 2 months
- Perennials – Monthly
- Annuals – Monthly
- Natives –We recommend fertilizing natives sparingly with fish or seaweed emulsion in February and September.
Types of Fertilizers: SummerWinds Nursery carries a number of types of fertilizers, including: organic fertilizer, liquid, water soluble and granular fertilizer.
NPK Labelling of Fertilizers
The numbers on the bag associated with each letter are the percentages of that element. For example, 16-4-8 is 16% nitrogen, 4% phosphorus, and 8% potassium.
- Nitrogen (N) – helps with leaf development and makes your lawn green
- Phosphorous (P) – aids in root development
- Potassium (K) – Vital for disease resistance and root development
E.B. Stone Organics Fertilizers
SummerWinds Nursery carries a wide variety of fertilizers, including those from E.B. Stone Organics. Some of our favorites are:
All Purpose Plant Food
5-5-5 is an organic fertilizer ideal for vegetables, trees, shrubs, lawns, and flower gardens. Registered cdfa.
Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food
E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Food 5-5-3 is ideal for use with azalea, camellia, and gardenias, as well as other acid-loving plants such as, rhododendrons, fuchsia and evergreen conifers. Registered cdfa.
Citrus & Fruit Tree Food
E.B. Stone Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Food 7-3-3 is ideal for use with citrus trees, fruit trees and other fruit producing plants such as berries. Also good for shade trees, flowering trees, and vines. Registered cdfa. Pair with E.B. Stone Naturals Soil Sulfur.
Hibiscus & Palm Food
E.B. Stone Organics Hibiscus & Palm Food 6-5-3 is ideal for palms, hibiscus, and other tropical plants. Registered cdfa.
Rose & Flower Food
E.B. Stone Organics Rose & Flower Food 5-6-3 is suggested for roses, perennials, and other flowering plants. Long lasting, slow-release nitrogen. Registered cdfa. Use with E.B. Stone Organics Rose Grow Planting Mix and E.B. Stone Naturals Soil Sulfur.
E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start 4-6-2 is ideal for newly transplanted plants. It encourages the development of strong roots. Registered cdfa.
Tomato & Vegetable Food
E.B. Stone Organics Tomato & Vegetable Food 4-5-3 can be used throughout your vegetable garden, in addition to being used with soft fruits (such as strawberries) to produce high-quality fruits and vegetables. Registered cdfa.
Ultra-Bloom Plant Food
E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom Plant Food 0-10-10 is good for all plants, particularly Azaleas, Camellias and Rhodenderons. Add to flowering plants when buds begin to form. In addition to encouraging the development of flowers and fruit, this fertilizer also helps plants resist disease. Registered cdfa.