Dry Plant Food for Container Plants
The nutrients in soil-less potting soil generally lasts about six weeks before they are drained away by watering, while soil-based potting soils will retain their nutrients for as much as eight to ten weeks. After that period of time, it is best to offer your plants a granular, slow-release plant food to maintain healthy roots, stems, leaves and flowers.
Some types of granular plant food looks like little caviar eggs, or small round pellets. This type of granular food can be added to potting mix in the spring. Timing in important when adding plant food in any form to your container garden specimens.
A dry, granular type of fertilizer will only help boost root systems when the plants are in an actual growing process. Adding more plant food than necessary according to package direction will not help you plants grow bigger, brighter or cause them to flower more often or bear more fruit. In reality, providing too much plant food in any form can cause irreparable damage by shocking the plant roots with too many chemicals at once.
By using a slow-release dry plant food according to directions. If you prefer the liquid variety, make sure you dilute it by following the instructions listed on the package or container and apply only after a thorough watering.
When looking for the best plant foods, you need to find a good ratio of the balance between nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). The ratio of these ingredients will be listed on the package in this type of format: NPK 6:4:4 or something similar.
Remember that plant foods can be customized for different plants and purposes. There are plant foods designed for flowers and fruits, as well as vegetables, shrubs and both outside gardens and those specifically designed to work best with container gardens
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