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Questions tagged [fertilizer]

Nutritional supplements for soil.

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How to combine watering and fertilising of Bonsais

I have read in many places that one should not fertilise a dry soil, so I apply my liquid fertiliser after watering. But because I water my trees up until water is dripping from the drains, as soon as ...
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Does urea or blood meal displace naturally occurring npk in the soil?

I've heard that if you use fertilizers on the soil they will displace the naturally occuring npk. Will blood meal, and urea harm the soil?
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What proportions should be mixed of urea, wine caps, and dirt?

I have all of my nitrogen locked up with wood chips (4 Silverado 1500 truck loads) from last year, and now am trying to rebalance my soil, so I plan to mix winecaps with ura (45-0-0) with the native ...
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Fixing bad shape almost dead shrub

I live in Pacific Northwest and since last summer, I didn't take care for this guy: Now it looks very bad shape. I guess lack of sun is part of the problem. What can I do NOW? How should I care ...
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I over-fertilized my lawn

I misread the application instruction on the Scotts Fertilizer bag and set the rotary spreader to 7 3/4 instead of 3. Is there anything I can do to prevent fertilizer burn? I applied the fertilizer ...
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Could watering a lawn with champagne help it grow better?

According to multiple Belgian and Dutch newspapers and magazines, a Belgian/Dutch millionaire (Salar Azimi) uses champagne to water his lawn. When asked about this in an interview (only available ...
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Sequencing for tick, weed and fertilize treatments for lawn

Northeastern US here in case that makes a difference in the answer. I have a back lawn as pictured below. Section A is a grassy slope and Section B is flat grass lawn. We have two small kids that are ...
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Should I repot these pineapples?

I planted both of these pineapples from ones I bought in the store. Are they fine in their current pots or should they be repotted? Any other care tips for them? They have been inside for a while, but ...
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Making emulsion out of slaughterhouse waste

I have previously made fish emulsion to fertilize a small greywater garden; pretty much sealing fish waste (entrails, bones, skin) into oxygen-free plastic containers and leaving it for 6 months to a ...
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Best practices for watering plants with geothermal water

My new home uses a geothermal water system, so the sulfur levels are high (based on the lovely rotten-egg smell). I've read that sulfur can be really good for plants, but I'm wary about the amounts I'...
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Excess Zinc in garden soil

I had the soil in one of my garden beds tested for a wide spectrum of minerals. This bed was originally filled with bought topsoil and mushroom compost, then it was cultivated with parsnips and ...
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What to do when urea fertilizer is overused for a plant?

I had an year old Pomegranate plant in my garden. Few days ago our garden help fertilized the plants in our garden. After four or five days the Pomegranate plant and few other plants started falling ...
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Organic matter in organic fertilizer

Is organic matter (OM) in organic fertilizer important? Is higher OM better than lower OM? For example: NPK 3:2:2 OM 71% better than NPK 3:2:2 OM 60%?
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Which Fertilizers to use?

I have a Gardenia, anthrium and peace lily indoors. For my other plants, I use NPK (7+3+6) for the green plants, NPK (3.5 + 6 + 6 ) for blossom plants and another NPK(4+1.5+4) for all purpose. My ...
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Fertilized reservoir for automated watering system

I would like to move forward and install an automated watering system for my home plants that grow in growing tent. Today I’m watering x3 times in a week, each watering is for 4liters of fertilized ...
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Using a syringe to dispense liquid fertilizer

I have about a dozen plants (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers) I'm wanting to fertilize automatically. My wife has a couple of orchids, and I noticed she gets liquid fertilizer in a tube which she ...
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Giving Miracle Gro fertilzer to prayer plant

The instructions on the Miracle Gro package says "Mix 1/4 tsp in 0.5 gallon water". Yet, the prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) needs very little water every day (if at all) and fertilizer once every ...
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Dracaena leaves yellowing: too much water?

For the last month or so, many leaves on my Dracaena Massangeana, including some newer ones, have been yellowing at an alarming rate. A lot of them have died completely. The first time I noticed ...
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Kentia Palm's Outer Leaves Are Browning Quickly

I have bought a kentia palm about a year ago and I live in a warm and relatively humid climate. Some of the leaf tips have gone brown here and there in the past year, but I have noticed that the outer ...
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Which kitchen and garden scraps can be scattered on a vegetable garden soil?

I'm trying to make the switch to adding natural instead of synthetic fertilizer to my vegetable garden (and stop tilling while I'm at it). Besides compost, I'm curious whether I could use some kitchen ...
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Is it sensible to do composting in a grow bag or pot which already has plants planted in it?

I've taken a half liter soft drink bottle, cut off the bottom portion of it and created holes at the bottom and created top-vents like the ventilation that pipe composting needs. The blue arrows ...
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What kind of disease does my 'Ghost' chili have?

I have nine chili peppers, five of them are 'Ghost' peppers (Bhut Jolokia), the other four are 'Cayenne' peppers. I feed them every week with an NPK-4-3-5 fertilizer(6ml). I started to notice that my ...
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There is this strange white growth around the outside of my pot plants

So, recently we have been conducting an experiment in which we have had to try and grow bean plants while using fertiliser to compare which fertiliser is the best in terms of growth. Over three weeks ...
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How much of this fertilizer should I use on my Jade Plants?

I have this fertilizer that is meant for house flowers as well as vegetables, I was planning one using it for my Jade Plants. How much should I give them? I have never fertilized my Jade Plants before....
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Fully chelated iron vs Chelated Iron

When I buy iron supplements for my plants, is there a difference between "chelated iron" and "fully chelated iron"? I found one that doesn't say "fully", but it's half the price. Is there even a ...
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Can I use this fertilizer on my Jade Pants?

So I have never fed my jade plants in the 2 years that I have owned them and they aren't too happy. I found this universal water soluble fertilizer and was wondering if I could use it on my jade ...
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Organic lawn fertilizer available in the UK?

Lots of organic fertilizers on the market but very little information to help choose between them. Can anyone recommend a good one that is available in the UK. Read great things about Milorganite but ...
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I am confused about miracle grow

I have use Miracle Grow for years. I am hearing nowadays that Miracle Grow might be is harmful. I plant in ground. I have a garden 60 feet by 90 feet. I have grown lovely tomatoes and other items. ...
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Black stem tips in a blueberry plant

I have a blueberry plant that is about 4 months old and a couple of weeks ago I noticed that the tips of the two main stems (the ones that the plant came with when I bought it), and some leaves are ...
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Fertilizers and How to “error”

I am following instructions (or attempting to) to plant a pecan tree and one of the steps is to add 5-10-15 fertilizer around the tree. I can find no 5-10-15, but readily find 5-5-5, 10-10-10 (and ...
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Seeding grass with milorganite

I used weed killer almost 2 weeks ago and I think I am ready to seed and fertilize. My yard is around 9.000 sq ft and backyard gets lots of sun light but my trees block the half part so half part is ...
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Camelia changii - fertilization problems

My Camellia changii is losing its color and getting this aspects so sad. Is it lack of fertilizer or, conversely, excess? I live in Sintra, Portugal, and the climate is excellent for camellias in ...
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Does chicken manure interfere with fruit trees?

I have a lemon and orange tree which chickens roost in and poo around and causing the trees not to bear much fruit. What can I do to eliminate the nitrogen in the soil? I cannot move the chickens ...
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Questions from an organic lawn care beginner

My lawn was sodded last year during the summer and there was a drought, so this spring the bare spots have revealed themselves. I'm trying to figure out the best plan utilizing organic products. ...
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Can I use a 3-in-1 mix with an overseed machine?

This lawncare product is a 3-in-1 solution containing seed, fertilizer, and soil improver. Can I use an overseed machine with the fertilizer and soil improver mixed in or will that harm the machine ...
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How to Properly Store Fertilizer?

I have a bag of granule lawn fertilizer (not weed and feed) that I am looking to store after having applied part of it to my lawn. What is the best way to store fertilizers, and how long can I store ...
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leggy basil with small leaves

My recently lush windowsill sweet basil has gotten very leggy after having been stressed by underwatering for at least several days (might have been as many as 10). While it was not dead when I got ...
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Miracle Grow, good or bad?

I am a little torn over Miracle grows fertilizer that they sell. Example of what I am talking about here. I have known this stuff to be good because it can supply 24-8-16 (NPK) to plants, so it takes ...
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Can I just apply less of a higher fertilizer?

I'm wanting to apply 10-10-10 to my blackberries. 10-10-10 and 13-13-13 costs identical for the same quantity bags. Since those numbers are just percentages, and in this case they are in equal ratios,...
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Concerns with breathing in fine particles from soil

I've been filling planter boxes (PB5s to PB12s) with organic soil mixes, with a tiny amount of synthetic fertlizer. Is this bad for my lungs? The environment wasn't windy, and the soil was moist ...
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When is the winter period for plants kept in a country with no winter (or a constant room temperature)?

Reading up on how to care for a Mammillaria Elongata Cactus I see it mentions such things as suspending watering in winter for best care (and to encourage better flowering) the preferred time to re-...
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Should I account for seasons when growing inside only?

My indoor plants are fairly disconnected from the outside: the temperature and humidity are controlled and they are under strong artificial lights 18h/day. Should in any way care about seasons? For ...
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Should I use weed block for a tree mulch ring?

I'm considering adding mulch rings around my trees. I really don't want to spend all summer every year picking Weeds out of the mulch though. Would adding the black weed block cloth be problematic? I ...
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What has caused stunted growth of my Peace lily?

The growth of my peace lily has stunted. Should I fertilize my peace lily with humic acid? Can it substitute NPK? I brought this plant home 4 months back, when it was new to our home. Its growth ...
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For lawn, does fertilizing average soil make loam or topsoil less necessary?

In a perfect world, you'd add the best loam, top soil, manure, etc, then sprinkle the best fertilizer upon it, etc. But I'm asking for the average person, who's on a budget and working 60hrs per week ...
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Will a Thanksgiving Cactus Be Ok with 1-7-6 fertilizer?

I have a Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) that I've had for maybe 5-6 years now. I recently picked up some "Cactus Juice" on sale in a local store, and was considering feeding it to my ...
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Tactics to reduce raccoon poop in garden

Raccoons and cats traverse my urban back yard every night. That's fine. I'd like to reduce their interest in defecating on the soil. It attracts flies, we don't know what they've been eating, noone ...
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Why are mineral fertilizers not allowed in organic farming?

Recently I've read an article stating that easy soluble mineral ferilizers are not allowed in organic farming (with a few exceptions). By that I mean that there are some laws that restrict you from ...
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Biofertilizer usage frequency

Currently i have decided to use bio fertilizers such as phospobacteria and azospirillum to my garden plants. I am confused whether these needs to be used regurarly on the soil or is it a one time ...
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How to manage soil high in calcium and sulphur?

I did a soil test of my backyard and am unsure how to proceed with the results. My calcium at ~546ppm is way over. No idea how to lower that or if I should even worry about it. Sulphur is high at ~...