[ExI] rims bear fruit

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed May 22 16:10:59 UTC 2019

Get your soil tested by your local extension service and ask if they test
for iron.  There are supplements on the market that contain iron and other
metals for plants, such as boron.  Should be less than $20 for a soil
test.  They will also advise for fertilizer additions, etc.

to the group - I am a master gardener and will take any questions on plants

re jokes:  I hope you did not think that I approved of the ones I sent.  I
do not and I did not when they were told to me.

bill w

On Wed, May 22, 2019 at 11:04 AM <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:

> Topic not entirely suitable for ExI, but perhaps entertaining for those
> who are entertained by this sort of thing.
> About 20 yrs ago, I planted two orange trees in the back corners of my
> yard.  California grove-man’s trick: intentionally go light fertilizer and
> light water at first, to encourage the roots to go down rather than out.
> A coupla years after those were planted, with just enough water and
> fertilizer to keep them alive, a neighbor replaced the rims on an old car.
> I showed him how to refurbish ratty old rims, but he thought it was a lot
> of work, so he offered me the rims.  I put them in back out of sight under
> one  tree, (fence on two sides, lots of leaves and branches obscuring the
> remaining view.)  I forgot about them (outta sight, outta mind.)
> Several years went by, the trees started bearing, I increased the
> fertilizer to get more fruit.  Over time I noticed one of the trees seems
> look more healthy than the other: no indication of iron deficiency in the
> tree where those ratty old rims are stacked.  I went back there yesterday
> and noticed those rims are completely rusted, way beyond practical
> refurbishment by now.  Then it occurred to me: the rust from the rims might
> be supplying iron to the one tree.  Car parts do rust away, and the iron
> hasta go somewhere.  The only where available is straight down.
> Those old rims have been under there for about 18 years.  It would be easy
> enough to estimate the iron needs of a citrus tree, but I have no good way
> to estimate how fast an iron rim loses mass to the soil.  Perhaps I will
> move some or all the rims to the other tree.  Any ideas?
> spike
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