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Old 11-21-2020, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fertilize food plot after germination?

I didn't fertilize one small food plot I planted for my dad. I planted a bit late (Nov 3), and the clover and wheat are small but coming up pretty well. Can I fertilize at this point?
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes. I normally don’t fertilize until 2 or 3 weeks after planting depending on when I get a rain and how well the plots come up. I try to fertilize once a month throughout the season. This year I used 17-17-17 twice already. I have crimson clover in my plots and it seems to like the high nitrogen. Not sure what kind of clover you have but some don’t tolerate high nitrogen.
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Clovers are nitrogen fixers (they get their nitrogen from the air). If the plot is supposed to be a 100% clover plot, adding nitrogen fertilizer (13-13-13 or the like) will promote the growth of weeds. Use something like 0-20-20 on clover plots.
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Old 11-23-2020, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used a commercial mix. I don't have the bag in front of me to check the specifics, but it's a mix of clover, wheat and rye. I think it's a pretty standard mix. I planted it the first week of Nov after a good rain. The dirt was soft and really moist. With the rains yesterday I thought the right fertilizer now would provide a good kick start. But I don't want to harm what's coming up.
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Fertilize it now with 13-13-13 or 17-17-17. Probably not enough clover in the mix to matter. Those cereal grains will need some nitrogen
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Fertilize it now with 13-13-13 or 17-17-17. Probably not enough clover in the mix to matter. Those cereal grains will need some nitrogen
Thanks, Tjc. I like the certainty! I know nothing about food plots.
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