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Plants and nutrition: How? What? Where? When and why?

As a proud plant parent, you naturally want your green jungle to thrive and flourish. In addition to sufficient sunlight and water, nutrition is an essential part of a healthy diet for your plants. But what, when, and how should you feed your plants? Don't worry, we have the answers for you!

Why do plants need nutrition?

Just like humans and your fur babies, plants need nutrients to grow, bloom, and stay strong. These nutrients are usually taken from the soil, but over time they can deplete or be washed away with frequent watering. That's why it's important to regularly feed your plants to ensure they get all the essential nutrients they need.

What do plants need?

The three main nutrients that plants need are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), also known as NPK. These nutrients play different roles in the growth and development of plants:

  • Nitrogen (N): Stimulates the growth of leaves and stems.

  • Phosphorus (P): Promotes strong root growth and flower formation.

  • Potassium (K): Helps with the overall health of the plant, improves disease resistance, and contributes to fruit formation.

In addition to these important macronutrients, plants also need other micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, in smaller quantities.

When should you feed your plants?

The feeding schedule for your plants depends on various factors, including the type of plant, the season, and the growth stage. Generally, you can follow a few guidelines:

  • Growing phase: During the active growth period of your plants, usually in spring and summer, they need more nutrition. Feed your plants regularly during this period, for example, once a month.

  • Rest period: In autumn and winter, many plants enter a rest period. Reduce the amount of food you give or stop feeding altogether during this period, unless you have a specific evergreen plant that continues to grow actively in winter.

  • Flowering phase: When your plants bloom, they need extra phosphorus for proper flower development. Use a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus content during this period.

How should you feed your jungle?

There are several ways to provide nutrition to your plants:

  • Liquid fertilizers: These are easy to add to the water you normally use to water your plants. Follow the instructions on the packaging for the correct dilution and frequency.

  • Fertilizer granules: These can be easily added to the soil around the plants. Make sure to lightly work them into the soil and avoid contact with the leaves to prevent burning.

  • Organic fertilizers: These are derived from natural materials and break down slowly, gradually releasing nutrients to the plants. They are a good choice for those who want to garden organically.

Always remember to follow the recommended doses and observe how your plants respond to the nutrition you provide. If you notice they are getting burned leaves or showing signs of excessive growth, reduce the amount of food you give. Good luck!

Share your experience with the tips and feel free to ask your questions in the comments!

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