Every plant needs certain nutrients in order to grow. Without nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, your plants can experience stunted growth, brown leaves and even wilt and die. It is your job to support your plants with the proper nutrients in the soil. One way you can do this is through using a fertiliser.
But, is there a certain time of year when you should use fertilisers and when you will see the best results? The answer is yes. Let’s look at when the best time is to apply fertiliser.
Use During the Growing Season
The best time to use fertilisers is when plants are actively growing. This means that they are going to be watered and take nutrients from the soil that are released from the product. For most plants, the growing season is going to be during spring and summer. Even if your plant flowers during the winter, it is likely it will need fertiliser during the growing season. Most are dormant during the winter, and applying fertiliser during this time will be a waste of time and money. They will not be taking nutrients from the soil.
You also want to be particular about what fertiliser you use. For example, some people want to use a liquid fertiliser since it is quick to apply and you can see growth relatively fast. Others prefer slow-release fertilisers so that the application is not so frequent. Dejex offers a variety of fertilisers from well-known brands that you can choose for your plants. As a wholesaler, you can enjoy good prices too.
How to Apply Fertiliser
First of all, know that every fertiliser is going to be slightly different when it comes to application. So, always read the instructions before you apply the product to your plants. After all, you do not want to cause damage. But, you will find that most fertilisers are applied around the plant roots. This should be done when the soil is moist. This allows the plants to enjoy the nutrients.
Be careful about applying fertiliser to the plant. For some species, this could burn the leaves. Only apply to the plant if this is indicated on the product instructions. In addition, applying a product to dry soil can be ineffective. Again, it could lead to scorching, which is not the type of damage you want to cause to your plants.
Note that using more fertiliser does not equate to more growth. This is a common misconception. It can waste your money and, in some cases, cause damage to the plants you are growing.
How to Choose a Fertiliser
Selecting a fertiliser is not as easy a task as it sounds. There are many different products to choose from and you can soon discover that having this type of choice can be difficult. Here are some tips that will help you make the right decision.
Know What Your Plants Need
First, you have to consider the plants you want to help grown. What nutrients do they need? What do you think is not provided in the soil they have? To begin, you should research the plants and know what nutrients will help them be healthy and strong. You should also examine the type of soil they are growing in, identifying any nutrients that might be low. Then, this is going to allow you to know what you are looking for in a fertiliser. You can even test your soil if you really want to be sure.
Read About the Fertiliser
Next, you want to identify the type of fertiliser. There might be products that are for specific types of plants. But, others will have ratios of nutrients. You may think it is best to get a balanced product or choose one that provides more of a certain nutrient than others. For example, if you want to get one with low nitrogen, you may wish to look for a 5-10-10.
Know the Application
Fertilisers can be applied in different ways. For example, you can get liquids that you dilute in water and then spray onto the soil. Then, there are others that can be granules and pellets, which you want to place in the soil and they will break down over time when they are moist. Think about how much time you have and what is going to be the most convenient for you. Note that slow-release fertilisers will have to be applied less often, which you might find easier.