Every new grower wants to answer this question how often should I give my plants nutrients?
Nutrients play a very important role in plants thrive but most people have no idea about what is balance plant nutrition and how much amount of nutrients feed to plant on regular basis.
Many gardeners make mistakes while feeding nutrition to the plant because they have no clear knowledge about what is the right process of feed nutrients to plants on a regular basis that’s why their plants feel stressed from either nutrients deficiency or excessive use of nutrients.
Advising on plants nutrition is not an easy job, there are many factors like soil, climate condition, atmosphere, existing nutrients, etc, which play a vital role in deciding the nutrition or fertilization demand by the plants.
Before knowing how often should I give my plant nutrients, there are some important facts that everyone should know which really helps you to gain your knowledge about plant nutrients.
How often should I give my plants nutrients?
1. Most of the plants require essential 17 elements for their normal growth. Oxygen and Carbon dioxide are taken by the plants from the atmosphere and for remaining elements or nutrients, plants take from the soil or growing media with the help of their roots.
2.Basically the plant’s nutrients are divided into 2 categories named as macronutrients and micronutrients.
3. Macronutrients are used by plants in large quantities and these are not found completely found in the soil, so they are added with water or in the soil in form of fertilizer for better growth of the plant and keep them healthy. The example of macronutrients is Nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur.
4.Macro nutrients are also divided into two main categories:
a. Primary macronutrients (Nitrogen, Potassium & Phosphorous) are compulsory for plant growth and health.
b. Secondary macronutrients ( Calcium, Magnesium & Sulphur) are not compulsory for plant growth but you can sue them as an additional supplement.
5.Micro nutrients are used by plants in a very small amount, they are not used on a large scale although they are very important for plant growths and survival.
Iron, Boron, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Chloride, Zinc and Molybdenum are the example of micronutrients.
6. Light also plays a very important role in plants thrive and if you have a hydro phonic garden then the importance of light is much higher. If plants are not getting the appropriate light then they feeling stress and plant growth may be affected.
Process How often should I give my plants nutrients
If you transplanted any plant in a short period of time and wants their growth rapidly then make sure you feed them proper macro and micronutrients because their root system is not matured in comparison to other plants so they need extra nutrients in form of fertilizers.
If you want fast and amazing results then you feed plants nutrients in soluble form, you can mix it with water and fee them plant.
At the beginning of the fast and rapid growth apply soluble fertilizer every 1-2 weeks and for mature plants and shrubs apply 2 to 3 times is more than enough in spring till early summer.
Keep in mind when you apply dry fertilizer, put the fertilizer into the root ( where drip line and trunk meets), make sure fertilizer is spreading equally in full area.
If there is a grassy area where you can use a drip irrigation system to apply fertilizer, it avoids the wastage of fertilizer.
Make sure before applying fertilizer there is some moisture in the soil is remaining, if there is no moisture in the soil, never apply fertilizer without moisture in the soil, if there is no moisture in the soil make sure, add water one day earlier while applying fertilizer in plants.
Avoid overuse of fertilizer otherwise it may affect the plant growth, it will burn the plant or plant may feel stress and in some cases, plants will die.
Make proper use of fertilizer is the key to the success of plants, avoid nutrient deficiency while using fertilizer.
Before applying fertilizer, make sure to test your soil, so you get some idea about what type of your soil is and what nutrients are soil demanding.
After going through the article now you have a good idea of how often should I give my plant nutrients. Before buying the nutrients and fertilizer make sure to buy it from the authorize place otherwise you will not find the appropriate result.