Fertilizing and Plant Nutrition
Fertilizing gardens is an essential part of growing them properly. I understand that the phrase fertilizer carries a negative connotation as being detrimental to the environment. That is sometimes true, but not all fertilizers are undesirable and you can acquire natural fertilizers that are eco-friendly.
The objective of fertilizers is to add vitamins and minerals to the planting soil. As an example, all plants, have to have potassium, phosphorous and nitrogen in relatively high levels. A plant will also need magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese in smaller scales. If your soil does not contain one or more of those nutrients, your plant growth will be affected. Therefore we use fertilizer.
How Can You Determine When Fertilizer Is Needed
There are deficiency symptoms that you can watch out for and you can give one specific element of nitrogen or iron. To provide an example, not enough iron can cause green veins in young leaves and as the leaves age, they’ll change white. So if you see those symptoms, you can find a fertilizer that is high in iron and give it to your plant.
Additionally, you can find out if you are over-fertilizing because the plant will start to wilt.
What Kinds Of Fertilizer Are Available?
There are chemical or synthetic fertilizers, there are natural or organic fertilizers and there is manure fertilizer. The fertilizer you decide on is up to you, but the last two will be the most eco-friendly.
Some natural fertilizers you might like to consider are rock phosphate which supplies phosphorous. A bone meal which provides nitrogen and phosphorous. Wood ash which delivers phosphorous and potassium. Seaweed which gives phosphorous, potassium, nitrogen and micronutrients. You can purchase a lot of these, if not all of them, at the local gardening shop.
The main benefit to using natural and organic fertilizers is the plants can take up the nutrients more readily when compared to synthetic fertilizers.
I suggest that you discover which nutrients your plant is lacking by analyzing symptoms of deficiency and supply just that specific nutrient. Or use a general fertilizer to cover all your bases.
Do not fertilize too much. If your plant is still wilting a couple of days after you have halted fertilizer treatment you plant may be infected.