What To Do With Old 4-5-4 Plant Food?

Q: I just discovered an unopened bag of 4-5-4 plant food I purchased for my azaleas. It contains “material recycled from the food processing industry, formulated specifically for all acid-loving plants…” What would you suggest I do with it? 

A: The 4-5-4 analysis and the ingredient notes tell me is this is a slow release, organic fertilizer that is perfect for azaleas. Since the nutrients will not dissolve quickly, it is not a problem to fertilize your azaleas now. Nutrients will be slowly released in the winter and next spring.

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