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I bought the inexpensive 40lb bags bag of alfalfa pellets for my hostas last summer.
The gardenias were professionally installed last year and immediately the leaves began turning yellow and falling off. Was told use Ironite. Did it. But I only got a dismal 'recovery'.
This spring/summer came and the gardenias again began their poor performance. Disgusted I made a powder of the alfalfa pellets and applied a generous amount to the area, working into the soil well. I watered well with Super Thrive and watered again two days later. I left town for two weeks with instructions for additional watering if we didn't get rain.
Lush flowering gardenias greeted me on my return!
Some may want to credit the improvement to the SuperThrive, which I do love. But I had used it before with little or no improvement.
After reading alarming information about Miracle Gro, I seek alternative soil improvements.
50glee--where did you buy the alfalfa pellets? Just want to know if I'd have better luck finding it at a garden center or a feed and grain store or a pet store. We sell some rabbit food where I work but it's probably fortified with other ingredients/vitamins/minerals.
happy - looks like the originator of the thread powdered the pellets and worked into the soil. Sally swears by making the tea. Being the procrastinator I am...I've yet (despite being at the feed store at least twice monthly) to pick up any alfalfa. I think the one time I did years ago - I tossed it on the ground...LOL.
Our Southern States is a feed store/nursery...since I drive past weekly - I like to take a peeksee at their plants. I'm all about the herbs this year and their lemon trees when they were 50% off - LOL. But the real reason is that I use bird grit (turkey grit size) to amend the soil that I use in pots and when planting out in the yard - esp. if it's a plant that requires good drainage in our clay soil. I also add rice hulls to the soil...more so earlier in the season but even now add some. I simply couldn't find a reasonable (nor close) source for pumice and just honestly don't care for perlite. The soil/grit/rice hul mix works fine for just about any plant.
I forgot they have a nursery, and didn't realize they have rice hulls. I buy grit from them too -- but that's the only thing I've bought so far. They are a bit of a drive for me, so if they have anything else special I wouldn't want to miss it when I'm there...
50glee, thanks from me too. I applied it to my gardenias and saw a vast improvement. Having said that, the day I was spreading the pellets, a friend who was with me at the time told me all I was doing was setting a buffet for deer. Since that is a problem (not huge but a problem) in my garden, I worried for a while. I can't say that I noticed any more deer activity after spreading the a. pellets.
Hi there, thank you very much for the tip, but I have a question. I live in zone 5 and I already brought my Gardenia inside. Can I apply the alfalfa now or I should wait until spring? Thank you in advance