What You Need to Know If You’ve Never Used Fertilizers – Our Guide

When it comes to growing your hydroponic plants, you will be looking for ways to help boost the plant’s growth so that they can produce more fruits, leaves, and so on. If you still haven’t found a solution, we highly recommend the use of fertilizers. This nutrient-packed plant food provides your plants with all the stuff they need to grow healthily and quickly, allowing you to enjoy the fruits of your labour faster.

That said, if you haven’t used fertilizers before, here’s what you need to know:

How do fertilizers work? 

Fertilizers pretty much act like a growth boost. Just like humans, different nutrients affect plants in various ways. For example, nitrogen, while promoting the plant’s growth, also gives that plant the beautiful green colour. Phosphorous, on the other hand, helps keep the roots of the plants healthy, as well as boost the production of fruits and seeds. When it comes to making the plant more tolerable to harsher conditions, the substance potassium will do that job.

As you might be able to tell, fertilizers help plants in pretty much every aspect—health, productivity, and tolerability. 

Should you fertilize your plants?

Generally, we recommend that you do. However, be aware that giving too many nutrients to your plants can be quite harmful. For example, if your plants only need nitrogen to get that green look, you wouldn’t want to use a fertilizer that contains all the other components like potassium.

That said, you should only ever fertilize your plants when they need help. Signs such as yellowing leaves or a plant that looks frail are all signs that they need more help. Delayed blooming is also a sign that they need a boost to their growth. Also, plants, while they’re still young, will generally require fertilizer to give them an excellent start to their growth as well, so keep an eye out for any signs that they need help.

When you do fertilize the plants, grab a tablespoon. With small plants, one tablespoon of fertilizer placed in a ring around the plant will work well. Larger plants will do with two or even three tablespoons.

Which fertilizer should you be using?

If you’ve gone shopping for fertilizer, you’ll find plenty to choose from. Because of this, you might just get overwhelmed when trying to choose the right one for your plants.

Here’s a tip for knowing what you’re getting for the fertilizer: Look at the three numbers that are displayed on the packing. These numbers, such as 10-10-10, both represent nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, respectively. When all the numbers are the same, this means that the product is balanced throughout. However, if you’re looking for general-purpose fertilizers, they’ll be much higher in nitrogen, such as 12-8-6.

Conclusion

Whether you’re trying to grow plants in your garden to supply your kitchen needs or trying to create the perfect lawn, fertilizers help you to achieve your goals. That said, always do your research before purchasing fertilizers. That way, you won’t accidentally buy one that your plants don’t need, giving you a result that you don’t want.

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