So it's still the dead of winter, but I'm already eagerly anticipating spring when my Sango Kaku will bloom. My Sango kaku was bought and planted in May 2011. There were some new growth in shoots that year. However in 2012 there were no growth in shoots, minor diebacks in fact. In 2011 there was already fertilizer present when I bought the tree and growth was noticed. In 2012 no fertilizer was added and no growth was noticed. A simple person would figure that if growth is desired, fertilizer should be added. Now I'm aware that my Sango Kaku is relatively new and it takes a couple seasons to be established so that considerable growth can be appreciated. So will 2013 (2 seasons since planting) be enough time for my tree to be established and grow without fertilizers? To be frank, whatever the answer is to the above question, I still want to add fertilizers to my Sango Kaku to grow as much as possible. So what kind of fertilizers should I add my relatively new tree? And when should I add it? Here's a pic of my tree taken in July 2012.