Fertilising your plants can be daunting, we know. Which fertiliser do I use? How much do I need to give the plants? What's the difference between slow-release and liquid? When do I fertilise them? Do I do it before or after watering? These are all questions I asked when I first started getting into plants. And it seemed the more I researched, the more I got confused. But working in the plant industry and working with people who have spent over 50years in horticulture has been a blessing and I'm ready to pass on my learnings.
Research and think. This may sound dumb but how do you want to treat your plants? Do you prefer to use a slow-release fertiliser or liquid concentrate?
Use a quality product. This is so important. Know your product has quality ingredients that won't detriment the plant. Nothing worse than having a dying plant because they contain Roundup.
Fertilise at least each season. A fertiliser's job is to release nutrients into the soil which is absorbed by the plant. A liquid concentrate is a quick top-up and a slow-release, as you can guess, releases the nutrients gradually. However, to stay on top of optimum plant health, this should be done regularly.
Fertilise before you water. This is so the pellets have the opportunity to slightly dissolve to release the nutrients.
Fertilise directly onto the roots. The chemicals in fertilisers can burn a plant's root system. Fertilise around the roots and on top of the soil.
More is not always best. The more fertiliser you give your plant does not mean it's going to last longer.
Overthink. Don't work yourself up about whether what you're doing is right or wrong. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and we're more than happy to help.