Tips For Feeding Your Plants - What, When And Why?

For many, gardening can feel a lot like raising a pet. It requires real commitment and it’s often full of trials and errors. There are many possibilities to anticipate when it comes to growing and maintaining your plants. Among these factors, proper feeding is crucial to ensure that your plant will thrive and remain healthy. With that in mind, we are going to take a look at some tips that can make feeding your plants easier:

When To Feed Your Plants

    Always feed your plants when they need it. Fertilising the soil lightly can give new plants a good head start. Before planting, you can add organic compost, granular fertiliser, or bone meal to the soil. Knowing when to feed your plant depends on its species. It’s generally too late if you wait until symptoms of deficiency are visible. Keep track of when you fertilised the plant and set the reminder on your smartphone or smart assistant. In a temperate climate, you should fertilise plants in spring or early summer. If you live in a tropical climate, you should fertilise your plants every few months because they will growly steadily throughout the year.

What To Feed Your Plants

     Granular fertiliser works best for feeding grass and garden plants. It’s easy to sprinkle and it steadily releases nutrients to the soil. For your lawn, choose a nitrogen-rich fertiliser, because it helps grass grow green and lush. For flowering plants, choose a phosphorus-rich fertiliser, because it encourages flowers to bloom beautifully. Make sure to use a dispensing tool to spread the granular fertiliser evenly. If you prefer to use a natural fertiliser, you can choose manure, compost, poultry waste, or bat guano. Bone meal and guano is rich in phosphorus and potassium, so they are appropriate for flowering plants. Manure, compost and poultry waste are generally rich in nitrogen. When choosing cow manure or poultry waste, make sure that it’s properly aged, because raw manure is potentially harmful.

How To Feed Your Plants

     With a granular fertiliser, you should spread it by hand and then rake the soil. After each application, you should soak the soil. For liquid fertiliser, dilute the concentrate in water so you can feed the plants while watering them. Use a liquid fertiliser only during the dry season, so the nutrients will remain around the plants. For compost, manure or guano, you can scatter it around your plant, rake, and water it.

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