If you want to be a successful gardener, you should consider using a fertiliser in your plants. It is one of the most effective ways to improve your plants’ health, disease and pest resistance, flower or fruit production and overall beauty.
When it comes to choosing a fertiliser for your plants, liquid fertilisers offer many benefits over granular forms.
- They are generally concentrated, which means they take up less storage room than granular fertilisers;
- Plants take up the nutrients from a liquid ferliser almost instantly;
- They are easier to apply at different stages of plant growth;
- They are considered a better option to be used with irrigation solutions.
Choosing a Liquid Fertiliser
In order to grow healthy, plants need various types of nutrients. These nutrients are needed in great quantities and are usually not available in ground soil. Choose liquid fertilizers that contains the following nutrients:
- Potassium – also called ‘potash’, this nutrient helps plants develop resistance to disease and drought and assist with the development of plant’s roots as well.
- Nitrogen – assist with overall plant growth, leaf development and production of vivid colour.
- Phosphorus – helps with root growth as well as the production of flowers and fruits.
Applying Liquid Fertiliser
Spraying the fertiliser on the plant’s leaves is one of the most common ways to use it. This can done using different types of sprayers such as a water can or a small sprayer or a large sprayer. Mix the required amount of fertilizer into a watering can or bucket filled with water (read the label of the product to find out the right amount of water and fertilizer).
Container plants should be fertilized twice a week while houseplants only once a week. Fertilise the plants in your garden every two to three weeks and your landscape plants once a month. For best results, the fertiliser should be applied either in the early morning or in the evening. The leaves, particularly their lower surface, should be thoroughly drenched with the spray. Gardeners experts recommend not to apply a liquid fertilizer on a windy day but instead on a humid weather condition. This will contribute for the plants to absorb the nutrients.
Once you start adding fertilizer to your plants you will notice a huge difference. Your plants will grow larger and will produce more flowers and fruit. They will also be more resistant to pests and disease as well as drought and other weather stress.