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Can I give sugar (or something similar) to flowering plants?

I was wondering if it's possible/advisable to give a flowering plant or any plant for that matter, sugar (or something similar) in addition to plant food?
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Is there a directory of precise dosages of fertilizers for indoor/outdoor plants?

For example, I have a lot of plants inside (African violet, geranium, coleus, etc.) and outside (dolichos, petunia, pansy, asters, etc.) my home. Also, I have a lot of chemicals (such as ammonium ...
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At what point do seedlings start to need nutrients? [duplicate]

A seed has all the food it needs to germinate so water is enough to make it grow, after that though, at what point are minerals and other nutrients needed? I suspect the time would depend on the type ...
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Is peat moss nutritious enough for tomato seedlings?

I have a seed starter kit with a wicking system. The kit came with a peat moss mix and I have purchased some new peat moss pellets for starting seeds. I know that peat does not really contain any ...
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How should I add spent coffee grounds to Azaleas?

My garden has rocks and weed fabric. Must I remove both and add the grounds to the soil or can I just add on them on top of the rocks?
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What does Mesquite Tree sap have that possibly makes it a good fertilizer for dragon fruit?

I have 2 dragon fruit (pitaya) growing under a large 30-year-old mesquite tree. The mesquite tree is dripping sap at the base of one of the dragon fruit plants. This plant is a deep green healthy ...
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Why is my lemon tree losing leaves after I gave it tomato feed?

There are pale blotches on the leaves of my lemon tree. There are no pests or mites, but all leaves have fallen from tree. I have tried a tomato feed with no results.
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Can I use 12-6-9 fertilizer sticks for a Ficus Bonsai?

I have a bunch of plant food sticks described as "compound organic and inorganic NPK 12-6-9 fertilizer with micronutrients for ornamental plants". I wonder if this is suitable for a Ficus (Ginseng?) ...
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Why does my gardenia have brown patches on it's leaves?

This plant has been growing normally for a while but I woke up this morning to discover brown patches and some shriveled leaves. I had previously sprayed it down with fungicide and then with ...
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Can frog droppings be used as fertilizer?

In the context I am thinking, I would essentially be mixing the droppings into the topsoil in a plant bed. How much would be too much? How much would be too little to make a difference? Nutrient ...
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What is the maximum amount (lbs/1000 sf.) of nitrogen that should be applied to turf in the spring?

Assumptions and details: we would apply slow release, predominantly insoluble, organic sources of nitrogen which could include compost, corn gluten meal or any of a number of organic turf fertilizer ...
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Milk powder (for automatic coffee machines) as fertilizer?

I have plenty of out-of-date milk powder for automatic coffee machines (powdered skimmed milk obtained through hot air drying followed by agglomeration process; sole ingredient: powdered skimmed ...
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Is it beneficial to drop earthworms or red wrigglers into container plants?

Maybe it isn't worth much in smaller containers but at what size might this become beneficial? How many worms? Would I need to layer the bottom with additional food for them to eat? Would what the ...
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Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter for fertilizing edibles?

Is it OK to use human waste or spent cat litter directly into the soil where you grow fruits and vegetables?
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Is this a good organic soil/fertilizer setup for container carrots?

I am growing 36 carrots in a 18" square container that is 14" deep. I know I have enough room for them but am more worried about whether there will be enough nutrition in the soil to carry them ...
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What are good organic phosphorus sources for fruiting plants, other than rock phosphate or animal products?

I know the norm is to use rock phosphate or bone meal but I can't find rock phosphate in my area and it's expensive to ship because of the weight. I'm not able to use an animal product like bone or ...
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When should I first use fertilizer on new plants?

In general, when is the right time to feed new edible plants fertilizer that you've planted from seed? After they've sprouted a bit?
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Can excess NPK fertilizer damage my container-grown plants?

I live in an apartment building, and all my plants grow in pots or small flower beds. Since I moved here, 7 years ago, I have only watered the pots and revolved the "soil", eventually adding more ...
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Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

I bought a Japanese painted fern several weeks ago. It was on the store's "reduced price" shelf, so it wasn't in perfect shape, but I figured I could try to nurse it back to health. So far, though, ...
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Do herbs grown in containers need to be repotted?

I'm trying to grow some herbs (basil, coriander, and chives) in pots on my kitchen windowsill. This seems to work pretty well for a while, but usually they die after a little bit (well, the basil ...
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When trellising pumpkins, do I need to fertilise more heavily?

This year I decided to try trellising my pumpkins and am wondering about the impact this might have on the fruit, since the vines won't be putting down roots as they run. Does anyone have experience ...
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Do nutrients always flow downward in soil?

I've been reading and watching planting techniques. Many people place fertilizer at the bottom of the planting hole before putting in the plant. The first example is from Osmocote's fertilizer ...
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What are the optimal N-P-K levels for fertilizing potatoes?

I have some russet potatoes that seem to be doing well growing in a plastic tub. (This photo was taken near sunset; they do get 8+ hours open sun.) I have a choice between these three fertilizers, ...
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What is the best frequency to fertilize fruit trees?

What is the best frequency at which to fertilize fruit trees? The first method is to dump a large amount of fertilizer to feed the plant one or two times per year. This method was the preferred ...
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How can I save my dying palm tree?

My palm tree started to become yellow in the last couple of months and I don't see any improvement. I've tried with some spike fertilizers for palm trees, but didn't seem to help. Here are some ...
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questions on deep root fertilization

One of the dog wood trees in my yard does not grow healthy. The tree care professionals recommend the so-called deep root fertilization, and I agree to move on with this operation. Yesterday, ...
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Can I use sweet potato leaves as a dynamic accumulator?

I have been thinking about growing Comfrey in my garden but I came across several articles mentioning that once it is in your garden, it is there forever because if you cut the roots, it grows like a ...
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Is there fertilizer management web site available?

Does anyone know if a fertilizer management web site is available? I'm looking for a site where I can enter my plant/tree collection and the fertilizer that I use on each and let it know when I last ...
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What's the best N-P-K ratio for Norfolk Island Pine?

What's the best N-P-K ratio for fertilizing Norfolk Island Pine? According to this article I should go with 10-10-10. Is it a good combination? Also, how should I apply it? Should I spray it on, or ...
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What ingredients in milk make it a good fertilizer?

During the dead of winter when the temperature was hovering consistently around 32F I took 3/4 gallon of milk that had gone bad and pored it on the grass near the back porch. To my amazement the grass ...
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What exactly happens to potting soil if it is stored for a long period of time?

The story: I have bought a few sacks of "Plagron Royal Mix" here in Chile. This soil is supposed to be sufficient for my "tomatoes" for roughly six weeks. After four weeks in the soil I noticed ...
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How does Guano improve plant life?

I'm interested in the use of Guano as a plant fertilizer. Are there only specific plants to give this to? Also, how much and often is it necessary? I mix organic compost every 2 - 3 months for my ...
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How to save my plants after fertilizer overdose

Yesterday we accidentally put too much fertilizer into our pots. Today the leaves start to turn brown. Is there any way to save them? Some details: We have two pots - one with basil, one with ...
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A visual reference to nutrient deficiencies in plants [closed]

Often times we cna look at the leaves of a plant to determine what nutrients are missing in the soil which the plants need. It would be nice to have a repository of images with accompanying ...
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Are chemical fertilizers poisonous to people or animals?

I've been seeing a lot of conflicting information online about chemical fertilizers being poisonous and was wondering if there are any trustworthy sources of information to definitely answer this ...
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Should I use aluminum sulfate (sulphate) to acidify my soil?

It is often recommended online or by nurseries to apply aluminum sulfate to plants like blueberries, rhododendrons, azaleas and to hydrangeas to make the flowers blue. Is this advice I should follow? ...
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Fish fertilizer for my lawn

I was told by someone that fish fertilizer is good for the lawn; just use 3 tablespoons in a gallon of water and apply it to the lawn. But how many gallons should I use for a lawn that's about .3 ...
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How do I keep Grackle's from pooping on my lawn?

Below is what I think is grackle poop on my lawn. (It might not be but I haven't seen any other animals there except desert cottontail rabbits and I know what their poop looks like.) How can I prevent ...
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What kind of fertilizer should I give to an average mature shrub?

I've got a decently mature shrub in the backyard that is about 10 foot tall. It is starting to bloom with pinkish flowers. I'm wondering what kind of fertilizer should I give it for early spring. ...
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How much nitrogen per bale in a straw bale garden?

I recently read a NY Times article about straw bale gardening. It says that you should add about 2 1/2 cups of 20% N fertilizer or three pounds of blood meal and feather meal per bale. Add water, wait ...
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How can I get lemon trees to bear fruit?

I have a couple of lemon trees (small plants really) in my garden. But they seem to grow at an awfully slow pace.They are about 2 years old & about 3/4 ft in height. I have seen pictures of lemon ...
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What's in eggshells that makes a good fertilizer?

I would like to know why eggshells are good for flowering plants!
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What can I do this spring to help my new lawn?

I live in Maryland, and I expanded my back yard last fall by clearing some trees and leaves. I brought in top soil and tried to smooth out the contour also. After seeding, I had areas of success and ...
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Is it safe to make a vegetable garden where there may have been lawn chemicals?

I moved into a new house (built 1979) this past fall and I would like to convert some of the grass area to a vegetable garden. I don't know how the previous owners took care of their lawn, but is ...
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What type of irrigation system works best with blueberries?

Several months ago I planted a row of blueberries in order to form an (edible) hedge. At the same time I installed an automatic watering system for these and the rest of my fruit trees and vegetable ...
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How do I recover from an over fertilized yard

Last summer I decifded to create a lawn and brought in top soil and planted grass seed. After six weeks, I spread fertilizer and then my grass turned yellow. I didn't water as much as I think I should ...
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Water soluble fertilizer

I just bought some Scotts (4M Snap) Lawn Fertilizer. On the container it says: Water soluble: No How does fertilizer that is not soluble in water get absorbed by the root system of a plant?
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Would this citrus fertilizer be suitable for chili peppers?

I bought a bottle of organic fertilizer which is in liquid form. The instructions are in German but the merchant here labeled it as "organic fertilizer for fruit" so I just bought it. Now I found out ...
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Does bonemeal promote bigger and stronger plants through root growth?

There are many web sites on how to use bone meal with claims like "Using bone meal will help your flowering plants, like roses or bulbs, grow bigger and more plentiful flowers." Is this true for all ...
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What is the best way to put bonemeal into the soil?

I was suggested to put bonemeal to my chili pepper to make it stronger. However the plant is already there and I've read about bonemeal in the wiki and found out that bonemeal doesn't move by itself ...