Post-production Fertilization Photos

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This banana likely suffers from several nutrient difficiencies. Many plant species such as bananas, ornamental cabbage, and vegetative petunias require fertilizers while being marketing. (Photo: Brian E. Whipker)

Click for a larger image. An occasional fertilizer application would have maintained dark green lower foliage on these celosia. The symptoms appear to be a combination of nitrogen and magnesium deficiency. (Photo: James L. Gibson)
Click for a larger image. These two flats of celosia were the same age and had been given the same fertilizer rates. The plants on the right were treated with a PGR. The use of PGRs is beneficial in slowing plant growth and nutrient uptake. (Photo: James L. Gibson)
Click for a larger image. At the end of the spring rush, many of the best plants have been selected from the benches. Occasional fertilizer applications could have kept these herbs from losing their lower foliage. (Photo: Brian E. Whipker)
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These petunias were being held without fertilizer due to lack of sales. The off color foliage with the dark spots is a sign of starved plants. (Photo: James L. Gibson)

Click for a larger image. Lower leaf yellowing and purpling are the classic symptoms of nutrient deficiency with New Guinea impatiens. (Photo: Brian E. Whipker)
Click for a larger image. Lower leaf yellowing and purpling are the classic symptoms of nutrient deficiency with New Guinea impatiens. (Photo: Brian E. Whipker)
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A petunia crop suffering from a poor post-production fertilization program. (Photo: James L. Gibson)

Click for a larger image. Bedding plants are susceptible to nutrient deficiencies in the post-production stage. Adopting a post-production fertilization strategy can prevent most problems. (Photo: James L. Gibson)
Click for a larger image. Bedding plants are susceptible to nutrient deficiencies in the post-production stage. Adopting a post-production fertilization strategy can prevent most problems. (Photo: James L. Gibson)
Click for a larger image. Bedding plants are susceptible to nutrient deficiencies in the post-production stage. Adopting a post-production fertilization strategy can prevent most problems. (Photo: James L. Gibson)
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Consolidate plant material to make the display more inviting. Fertilize at a low rate of nitrogen (50 to 100 ppm nitrogen) to keep plants toned. (Photo: James L. Gibson)

Click for a larger image. Early summer sales have dropped off significantly. Is it time to dump some of the leggy material? (Photo: James L. Gibson)
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Consolidate plant material to make the display more inviting. Fertilize at a low rate of nitrogen (50 to 100 ppm nitrogen) to keep plants toned. (Photo: James L. Gibson)

Click for a larger image. There comes a time in the retail setting where plants need to be either cut back or dumped. This photo demonstrates the latter. (Photo: James L. Gibson)
Click for a larger image. There comes a time in the retail setting where plants need to be either cut back or dumped. The photo demonstrates this perfectly. (Photo: James L. Gibson)
Click for a larger image. These vigorous Tithonia plants are expressing multiple deficiencies in the post-production stage. (Photo: Todd Cavins)
Click for a larger image. Plants in the retail setting can lose their marketability over time due to constant clear water irrigations. The plant on the right is a perfect example of this condition. This plant looked identical to the plant on the left 2 weeks prior. (Photo: Todd Cavins)

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