Fertilizing Bluebeard

Bluebeard shrubs are not heavy feeders, but giving them some nutritional assistance will keep these plants full, healthy, and full of blooms during the summer and fall. Bluebeards are easygoing in all their care needs, and fertilization is no different. Here is what you need to know about fertilizing Bluebeard shrubs. 


How to Fertilize Bluebeard

Fertile soil is the best way to feed Bluebeard. Amend the soil with organic compost or manure when planting and top-dress the soil around established plants with organic compost each spring. You can also apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring. Water before applying a granular fertilizer to avoid burning the roots.

Best Time To Fertilize Bluebeard

Bluebeard is dormant during the winter and starts to grow actively during the spring. Feed this shrub in the spring to support new springtime growth and help the plant gear up for the summer bloom cycle. An application of slow-release fertilizer will support Bluebeard’s growth throughout the growing season.


Best Fertilizer For Bluebeard

Organic compost is one of the best ways to build the soil for Bluebeard. If applying a plant food product, select a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 balanced fertilizer. The ratio should be even, so the plant receives balanced nutrition for good foliage and flower production.


Bluebeard Fertilizing Tips

  • Amend the soil with organic matter during planting
  • Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer
  • Apply fertilizer once annually during the spring
  • Water when applying fertilizer to protect the roots


-Always wear protective gloves and a face mask when handling chemical fertilizers.

-Closely follow all directions and storage guidelines that are on the fertilizer label.

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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 09-01-2022