To get the best results you possibly can from your
fertilizers you should try to understand the numbers, I hope the following
Have you ever wondered what the 5-10-5, the 20-20-20,
or the 0-46-0 stands for? If your like most people you do not
understand these numbers, and guess when it comes to choosing the right
To help you understand how to choose the right fertilizer
try to remember this little saying. "UP,
DOWN, ALL AROUND"... Let me explain.
first number is nitrogen this effectively pushes up growth or foliage
as you know it. The second number or middle number is phosphorous
and concentrates on down growth or root development. This number also
has an added benefit for promoting more flowers, hence the saying "root
and bloom". The third number, potassium has beneficial effects
all around, another words it offers a little bit of everything the plant
needs to stay healthy.
Now that you know what
the numbers do, you need to use logic and common sense when applying
fertilizer. For example, if you are going to repot, transplant, or disturb a
plants root system, make absolutely sure the middle number is the highest and
the first number is a minimal amount, something like 5-50-17. This will insure
you promote new root growth while applying a minimum amount of demand on the
plants desire to grow new foliage. If you have a well established plant and
want to see it get bigger concentrate on a more basic fertilizer that has a
higher first number. The fertilizer chosen should offer the specifics the
One of our
favorite fertilizers is Schultz plant food, it is a liquid concentrate
and works on a wide variety of plantings. For promoting bloom or root we'd
prefer a Peters product called Blossom Booster. For best results use a
couple of different types of fertilizers like maybe fish emulsion as an
Schultz, then alternate them between feedings.
As I said, I hope all this helps,
and remember read the products directions and never over feed as this can be
worse than not feeding at all.