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What is Holly tone made of?

Last Updated: 30th June, 2020

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Ingredients: Hydrolyzed feather meal, pasteurized poultry manure, cocoa meal, bone meal, alfalfa meal, greensand, humates, sulfate of potash and sulfate of potash magnesia.

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Besides, what plants can I use Holly tone on?

Holly-tone ® is a fertilizer designed to feed plants that prefer to live in acidic soils. Some examples of acid-loving plants are: azalea, dogwood, rhododendron, ferns, hemlock, holly, hydrangea, juniper, arborvitae, magnolia, Japanese Andromeda (pieris), pachysandra, vinca and many other evergreens.

One may also ask, can you use too much Holly Tone? A: It would take a ridiculous amount to kill any plant with a granular, organic fertilizer like Holly-tone. An excess would have more of a gradual detrimental effect, such as affecting the tree's color or making them more attractive to bugs.

Similarly one may ask, what is Holly Tone good for?

Holly-tone is an organic & natural fertilizer that's not just for Hollies. It can be used for any acid-loving plants, such as blueberries, camellias, rhododendrons, evergreens, hydrangeas and more. When you apply the fertilizer in late fall, only use half of the recommended dosage.

Is Holly Tone good for pine trees?

Feeding them with Holly-tone in spring creates bigger blooms — and more of them. Feeding them again in the fall will ensure year-round health and beauty of your Acid-Loving plants. Fertilize evergreens, like spruces, firs, hemlock and pines, to encourage a deep, healthy green color.

Related Question Answers

Fiz Burkart

Professional

Will Holly Tone burn my plants?

Because Holly-tone is natural and slow-release, it will not burn new plant roots if applied at the recommended rates during planting.

Yangyang Olcina

Professional

Can I use Miracle Grow on hydrangeas?

It's also important to prune hydrangeas after they blossom so that the shrubs can develop next year's flower buds. Hydrangeas also require fertilization to thrive; however, they don't require special fertilization. All-purpose Miracle-Gro fertilizer is well suited for hydrangeas.

Rustam Tilmanns

Professional

How often can you use holly tone?

Holly-tone is a granular slow-release fertilizer that's best applied twice per year, first around Tax Day and the second time around Thanksgiving.

Aranda Urdaneta

Explainer

Can I use Holly tone in the summer?

Apply coffee grounds sparingly during the first few months; feel free to spread them on the soil around your plant whenever you wish after that. Both Holly-Tone Fertilizer and coffee grounds will lower the soil pH, producing blue blooms on your Endless Summer Hydrangea.

Kisha Rujitsky

Explainer

What is the best fertilizer for holly trees?

Choosing a Fertilizer
The ideal soil pH for holly is between 5.0 and 6.0. Use dolomitic limestone to raise the soil's pH and elemental sulfur to lower it. The best fertilizer for the holly bush is acid-based, such as 4-6-4 or 4-3-4.

Keena Tregon

Explainer

When should I feed my holly bush?

When to Feed Holly Shrubs
The optimum times for holly fertilization are spring and fall. Fertilize in spring just as the shrubs begin to put on new growth. Wait until growth stops for fall fertilization.

Mendia Cofre

Pundit

Which plants like coffee grounds?

Fresh Coffee Grounds for Acid-Loving Plants
Your acid-loving plants like hydrangeas, rhododendrons, azaleas, lily of the valley, blueberries, carrots, and radishes can get a boost from fresh grounds.

Sheng Alguero

Pundit

How do pennies make hydrangeas blue?

If you yearn for blue flowers, acidic soil -- not pennies -- can bring the color you seek. Lower your soil's pH to free aluminum and prompt bluing in hydrangea blooms. To gently lower pH, incorporate rich, organic, acid-building matter such as peat or pine bark into your soil.

Nandini Hil

Pundit

Do boxwoods like Holly Tone?

Though, we admit there's one evergreen we love most: boxwoods. Boxwood shrubs do it all. Most evergreens need to be fed Holly-tone, an organic fertilizer for acid-loving plants. But, boxwood — and arborvitaes — are evergreen shrubs that are not acid-loving plants.

Montaña Klimmer

Pundit

Does Holly Tone have iron?

In addition to the standard nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium nutrients (N-P-K) found in most plant foods, Holly-tone, like all Espoma Tone products, provides 12 additional vital trace elements and micronutrients such as iron, calcium and magnesium.

Silver Urban

Pundit

How do you use tomato tones?

Application Method
  1. Apply in a narrow band around single plants or along each side of a row. Keep Tomato-tone at least 3″ from stem.
  2. Potted Plants: Apply evenly over soil and gently mix in.
  3. Water thoroughly after feeding.

Venessa Grilli

Teacher

Is Epsom salt good for evergreens?

According to the Epsom Salt Council, Epsom salt increases the production of chlorophyll and helps plants grow bushier. Use 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt for evergreen shrubs, and 2 tablespoons for evergreen trees.

Maryvonne Mouronho

Teacher

How do you fertilize Photinia?

Sprinkle a general 10-10-10 fertilizer around the perimeter of the hole when planting a photinia bush. Backfill the hole around the root ball first, then apply the fertilizer and water the plant to push nutrients into the soil to feed the shrub.

Terisa Wagnermayer

Teacher

How do you apply plant tone?

Sprinkle 1 cup of Plant-tone for each foot of branch spread around the drip-line of established trees and shrubs in early spring and in early fall if they are not planted in a lawn that receives regular feedings. Pull back any mulch before applying Plant-tone or use double the recommended amount.

Wissal Mayta

Teacher

How often should I fertilize my rhododendrons?

Fertilize azaleas and rhododendrons sparingly and only when flower buds swell in the early spring, even if they are fall bloomers. Heavy applications of fertilizer will burn the plants. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.

Petri Jabbour

Reviewer

What kind of fertilizer do gardenias need?

Acid-Loving Plants
Gardenias prefer acidic soil with a pH around 5.5. Some fertilizers, like blood meal, cottonseed meal and fish emulsion, can help acidify soil and maintain a low soil pH. These fertilizers for acid-loving plants are the best choice for gardenias.

Houssin Imaña

Reviewer

Does Holly tone acidify soil?

Holly-tone is a good choice for most any plant that prefers acidy soil because 5 percent of its makeup is the acidifying element sulfur. If your soil is already acidic and in decent shape, you may not need to fertilize them with anything.

Merce El Khatib

Reviewer

What is best fertilizer for rhododendrons?

Liquid or water-soluble fertilizer is mixed with water and then poured into the soil. If you are concerned about cost, granular fertilizer is the best fertilizer for rhododendrons since it is the cheapest. Liquid fertilizer passes quickly through the soil and application must be repeated more frequently.

Willem Lindemiller

Reviewer

Can fertilizer spikes kill trees?

Don't be tempted to place the spikes close to the tree trunk. Too much fertilizer can weaken and even kill your trees. Keep the spikes at the drip line. Per tree, spikes are a little more expensive than granular or liquid fertilizer.