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Sat May 30, 2015, 04:42 PM

What happens when you add a high level fertilizer to a Christmas or Easter Cactus?

I brought two of my mother in law's favorite plants back to life and now I may have goofed. I was using Cactus fertilizer for them for years and they were doing quite well. Then, in one of those sunstroke moments that only gardeners know I accidentally selected Miracle Gro's single fertilizer application. This is the stuff I use for my tropical bloomers. Will one application make a difference in the long run?

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Reply What happens when you add a high level fertilizer to a Christmas or Easter Cactus? (Original post)
Baitball Blogger May 2015 OP
NRaleighLiberal May 2015 #1
Baitball Blogger May 2015 #6
DirtyHippyBastard May 2015 #2
Baitball Blogger May 2015 #4
alfie May 2015 #3
Baitball Blogger May 2015 #5

Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2015, 05:30 PM

1. I suspect it will be fine - maybe the plants will have a hangover in the morning!

Did you look at the various N-P-K proportions of each? I'll bet they aren't all that much different.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Sat May 30, 2015, 06:41 PM

6. Good idea. I'll check after dinner.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2015, 05:34 PM

2. It should be fine.

If you are really worried about it run a couple gallons of water through the pot to remove most of the fertilizer, but I have watered them with it before without noticeable damage.

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Response to DirtyHippyBastard (Reply #2)

Sat May 30, 2015, 06:40 PM

4. I didn't throw in that much more water, but I did add some more to hope to dilute the chems.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2015, 05:35 PM

3. If the label doesn't sound like good news

Flush the dirt well and wash out what you can.

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Response to alfie (Reply #3)

Sat May 30, 2015, 06:41 PM

5. I'll give it a look over tomorrow to see if it needs more flushing

Thanks.

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