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Espoma 8 lb. Holly Tone Plant Food
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Espoma

8 lb. Holly Tone Plant Food

  • Organic plant food enhanced with bio-tone
  • Ideal for hollies, azaleas, dogwoods and other acid loving plants
  • Slow release fertilizer to be applied in Spring and Fall
$11.27 /each

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Feed acid-loving plants twice yearly - Spring and Fall. Use half the recommended rate in the Fall application. If the area to be fed is mulched, it is preferable to remove the mulch, feed and then restore the mulch on top of the plant food. If this is not possible, double all recommended feeding rates. For new plantings: Dig hole larger than root of plant so that roots can spread naturally. Remove 1/2 of the soil and replace it with compost, peat moss or humus. Mix 1 cup of Holly-tone into amended soil. Place the plant in the hole so that it sits at the same depth it was previously growing (use soil mark on the trunk as a guide). Fill the hole halfway with amended soil. Pack the soil firmly, soak it with water, and allow it to settle. Finish filling hole leaving the top 2 in. loose for easy absorption of water. Make slight depression around the plant to help hold water. Add mulch to help conserve water, slow down evaporation, and control weeds. Keep well watered until plant is established. Note: Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Laurel are shallow rooted plants. Keep them mulched and well watered in dry weather. Do not cultivate near them as surface roots may be cut and the plant damaged.

  • Formulated for acid-loving plants, such as hollies, azaleas, camellias, evergreens, dogwoods and rhododendrons
  • Mix organic, granular fertilizer with soil to encourage healthy growth of acid loving plants
  • Enhanced with bio-tone microbes
  • Slow-release fertilizer for extended feeding
  • 4-3-4 fertilizer analysis

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Is it a good fertilizer for viburnam bushes?

Asked by: Vince
Holy tone is fertilizer for plants loving acid soil, like azaleas and rhododendrons. I use it also for blueberry bushes. Viburnum belongs to bushes loving mildly acid soil. Unless your present soil is not for any reason acidic, then Holy tone is good fertilizer for your viburnum. From scientific point of view it is not probably the optimal fertilizer, but in general it's good.
Answered by: MeCzech
Date published: 2016-05-28

Can this product be used on Yews?

Asked by: BB
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Customer Reviews

8 lb. Holly Tone Plant Food is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 28.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must-have for Holly We put holly bushes worth more than $1,000 around our back porch. The landscape company did a nice job of planting them, but never said anything about soil conditions or fertilizer. The plants did OK the first year but struggled coming out of a bad winter/wet spring: I was trimming too many dead branches, fungal leaves and not seeing much new growth. The guy in the Garden Dept suggested Holly Tone...and the package instructions specified heavier application in thickly-mulched beds. I've been dumping Holly Tone twice each year and the plants are looking very strong: lots of buds, lots of new growth.
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I applied Holly-tone last year and my azalea looked better and produced more blooms than it had i... I applied Holly-tone last year and my azalea looked better and produced more blooms than it had in the past five plus years. My holly tree looked better as well. I just reapplied it this year to my azalea and hollies.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have used this product for many years and have always had good results with my blueberries and ... I have used this product for many years and have always had good results with my blueberries and azalea plants. It is also cost friendly!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. I have been using it for many years.... Great product. I have been using it for many years. Thanks
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time will tell... Time will tell
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best plant food of this kind I know. I am enjoying about 30 bushes of rhododendrons and azaleas on my property. Years ago I started with just few inches tall plants which after two decades grew into large bushes. The growth like that requires good nutrients and acid soil. Holy Tone Plant Food takes care about both of them. When plants were smaller, I used Holly tone slightly digging it into the ground above roots. Because I don't not shape or trim my plants soon plants grew into the thick brush. I am still using Holly Tone Plant food, I just toss it over plants just before the rain, or if no rain, I hose spray plants to wash off eventual fertilizer dust on plants. For more details about use and ingredients see pic 1-4. What is nice on this fertilizer besides being organic, that the granule does not melt in the water quickly, so plants are benefited with nutrients gradually for longer time. Now I use this fertilizer pretty generously only at spring time. The bloom every year is rewarding. Besides azaleas and rhododendrons I use this plant food for few hydrangeas, magnolia tree, potted blueberries and other acid soil loving plants. All of them are doing great.
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fertilizer I have been using Holly Tone Plant Food for about 2 years now. It was recommended by a manager at one of my local nurseries to help bring some spring flush to several of the bushes surrounding the foundation of my house. It did great last year after a very rough winter, and I will use it again this year. It was recommended that I use about a cup every spring and fall. I did that last year with wonderful success. So when I saw the 8lb. bag available at The Home Depot, I grabbed it immediately. I will definitely recommend it to any friend or family member.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, versatile, product I use this primarily for fertilizing my blueberry plants, as they require an acidic soil to grow and I prefer to use organic fertilizers. For 2 years after I planted my bushes they did not put on any new growth at all, it was very frustrating. Last year I made 3 applications of Holly Tone according to blueberry growing recommendations from my local cooperative extension, and all 12 of my bushes put on loads of new growth! I will continue to use this each year.
Date published: 2015-04-08
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