Ligustrum is a type of evergreen shrub that grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 to 10. Ligustrum is commonly used as a hedge or privacy screen, but it can also be used as a decorative shrub in the garden or around the home. The plant requires care in order to thrive and produce flowers and fruit when desired. When fertilizing ligustrums, you should use a fertilizer intended for evergreens that contains nitrogen, phosphate, and potash (or potassium).
If you want your ligustrums to grow quickly and produce flowers at an early age, use a fertilizer with high levels of nitrogen. A product containing 4 percent nitrogen will help stimulate new growth on your ligustrums so they can begin producing flowers by their second year in the ground. The amount of nitrogen needed varies based on the size of your shrub; small plants need less than large ones do.
Ligustrum is a genus of evergreen shrubs and trees native to China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. They have been in cultivation since the 1800s and are known for their large oval-shaped leaves that yield showy white flowers. They also grow fairly quickly and are often used as hedges or screens.
The only downside to growing ligustrum is that it’s a heavy feeder and needs fertilizer regularly to remain healthy. This post will go over the best types of fertilizer you can use on your ligustrum plants so they stay happy and healthy.
Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Trees & Shrubs.
Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Trees & Shrubs is a good choice for ligustrum. It provides the plant with nutrients, including potassium. The price of Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Trees & Shrubs is $6.49 per bag at Home Depot.
Schultz All Purpose Plant Food.
Schultz All Purpose Plant Food is a premium, all-purpose fertilizer for all types of plants. It’s available in a 50-pound bag, and it’s designed to provide nutrition for your plants so that they can grow strong, healthy roots.
Schultz All Purpose Plant Food contains 16-16-16 nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). This ratio is ideal because it helps your plant develop strong roots while still maintaining a healthy amount of growth throughout the rest of its body.
You can purchase Schultz All Purpose Plant Food through Amazon or other online retailers such as Walmart or Lowe’s Home Improvement.
Osmocote Flower & Vegetable Smart-Release Plant Food.
This is a slow-release plant food that you can use to fertilize your ligustrum. It’s also good for other plants, but the labeling on the packaging does not include ligustrums in its list of compatible plants or trees.
The product is granular and comes in a resealable plastic bag with instructions printed on both sides of the bag. The instructions are pretty simple: just mix with water, pour over the soil around your plant(s), then water again thoroughly by hand or using a hose (don’t spray). If you have more than one tree/shrub/plant that needs fertilizing, do it all at once so as to not waste any product.
It’s important to apply this fertilizer when there are no leaves on your plant(s) since they would block absorption of nutrients through their leaf pores if they were still attached during application; otherwise, wait until after fall frost has killed off any remaining leaves before applying fertilizer toward springtime—otherwise, there may be too much nitrogen present which can damage roots and cause yellowing foliage due to excess nitrogen uptake into leaves where photosynthesis takes place.
Espoma Bio-Tone starter plus.
What is it? Espoma Bio-Tone starter plus is a root stimulator that contains humic acid, which stimulates root growth. It also contains mycorrhizal fungi and releases nutrients to the roots of your plants. It works best when used in conjunction with other fertilizers like Espoma Phos-Zorb or Espoma Citrus Soluble.
How much do I need? Use according to package directions, but generally apply 1 tablespoon per gallon of water monthly between February and October (when growth starts).
What are the benefits of using this product? The biggest benefit is its ability to stimulate root growth to improve nutrient uptake by your plant over time. This can help combat nutrient deficiencies or prevent them from occurring due to poor soil conditions such as compacted clay soil or low organic matter content in sandy loam soils. This will also reduce the frequency at which you need to topdress with fertilizer during these months because the added nutrients will last longer than normal due to their slow-release nature into the soil profile where they become available for use by roots once again after an application has been completed.
What are some drawbacks/precautions about using this product? There aren’t any significant drawbacks besides not following directions closely enough–it’s important not just how much you apply but HOW MUCH YOU APPLY. If I’m going off-topic here though let me know what else would be helpful 🙂
Espoma Organic Holly-tone Plant Food.
- Espoma is a brand you can trust.
- This organic fertilizer contains a special blend of nutrients that help your plants grow strong, healthy roots and leaves.
- It’s especially good for azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, and other acid-loving plants.
- You can find it at most garden centers or order it online from Amazon.
Schultz Acid Loving Plant Food.
Schultz Acid Loving Plant Food is a good choice for plants that prefer acidic soil. This is a good choice for plants like azaleas and rhododendrons, camellias, hollies, and gardenias.
This fertilizer comes in two sizes: one-pound bags (which are good for smaller gardens), or larger sacks of 15 pounds to 50 pounds that you can use in larger gardens or commercial applications. It’s also available as a granulated form (the same size as pool salt) if you want to spread it on your driveway during the winter months to melt ice faster than regular rock salt.
The Schultz Acid Loving Plant Food has been tested by university scientists who found it contains all of the nutrients needed by acid-loving plants—and more. The formula includes iron sulfate which helps prevent iron deficiency in these types of plants; potassium sulfate which improves plant vigor; magnesium oxide which boosts root development; micronutrients such as manganese sulfate and zinc sulfate; molasses—a source of sugar energy—as well as humic acid from leonardite clay mined near Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park which gives Schultz products their signature earthy smell.
How to Apply
Applying fertilizer to your ligustrum is an important part of plant care, but it’s also important not to overdo it. Fertilize in the spring and summer with a general-purpose granular fertilizer (such as 10-10-10), following package instructions. It may be necessary to fertilize more often if you have sandy soil or don’t have rain for several weeks at a time.
When applying fertilizer, make sure that you follow soil analysis guidelines for the specific type of root system your ligustrum has (see “Root Type” above). If you don’t know what kind of root system your ligustrum has, stick with general-purpose granular fertilizers until after its first year in the ground—by then it should have developed its own unique needs based on its environment and growth pattern.
When to Apply
You should apply fertilizer when the plant is actively growing, which is in late spring to early summer. If you’re not sure whether your Ligustrum shrub is actively growing or not, look for new growth on its branches and leaves. Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid fertilizing in the fall because this can lead to burning—which means a reduction in the quality of your plant’s blooms and fruit production. If you’re unsure as to whether or not it’s a good idea to apply fertilizer at any given time other than during this active period (late spring through early summer), consult an expert before making any decisions about applying fertilizer at all, since different plants require different types of care depending on their needs.
When fertilizing you want to consider the type of soil and the plants you are growing
When fertilizing, you want to consider the type of soil and the plants you are growing. If your soil is sandy, it will not retain water or nutrients, as well as a clay soil, would. This can lead to nutrient deficiencies in your plants making them unhealthy and unable to reach their full potential. A good fertilizer should be applied at least once per month during warmer months (March through November).
In addition to fertilizing, watering is also important for the healthy growth of your ligustrum trees. To determine how much water your tree needs, check for signs of wilting on the leaves or branches. If you see any signs of wilting then you probably need more water. The best time to apply extra water is after applying fertilizer so that all those nutrients get absorbed by the roots instead of being washed away by excess rain or irrigation water later on down in zone 6 or higher where temperatures might drop below freezing level overnight causing frost damage before new buds to break out from leaf stalks during springtime temperatures which could kill entire stems if left untreated with pesticides like Roundup Ready Herbicide among others sold online.
Organic fertilizers have the best effect on your plants but if you choose to use chemical fertilizers, make sure to always read through the instructions since these can be toxic. You should also never over-fertilize your plants and remember that it is better to feed them small amounts of fertilizer often rather than give them large amounts a few times a year.