Questions tagged [fertilizer]

Nutritional supplements for soil. Use this tag with questions about how to use or how to choose fertilizers for specific plants.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
2answers
68 views

Can I use these fertilizers for my hydroponics system?

I am planning to start growing using hydroponics. Unfortunately I'm unable to obtain fertilizers that are made specifically for hydroponics. However, I can get water-soluble fertilizers. The images of ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

Can you “feed” an avocado plant with avocado pits?

I have grown an avocado plant using the infamous toothpick method, i.e. suspending an avocado pit in water using toothpicks. Since the avocado pit contains the necessary nutrients, I left it in water ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

Fertilizers with harmful levels of salts

I read in some articles that potassium chloride and ammonium sulphate can lead to salinity buildup. Is there a simple way to tell by looking at the fertilizer formula if a fertilizer can increase salt ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Can you bleach human poop to use as fertilizer?

I was thinking about how in The Martian the astronaut used the crew members poop to fertilize the soil and grow potatoes and decided to learn more about that. I read, though, that unprocessed human ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Optimal hydroponic nutrient solutions for different herbs

I'm planning to grow different herbs hydroponically: basil, sage, mint and thyme. I would like for the nutrient solutions for each herb to be the closest possible to the optimum. For basil I found ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
606 views

Is this an acceptable way to use green waste on plants?

From what I've read online, it looks like I'm not composting correctly. I don't have much space in my backyard so there's no space for a compost bin/pile. Instead, I've been putting scraps of food at ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Can I use bonsai liquid fertilizer on my regular houseplants?

I have 0.5 liter bonsai liquid fertilizer that has outlived my bonsai. I have tried to give it away for free in my local Facebook plant groups, but as it seems no one is really into bonsai in my area. ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

Which organic fertilizer should I use to encourage flower growth?

I heard that some plants need fertilizing every two weeks in order to encourage flowering. I prefer organic fertilizers because I feel they provide better nutrients, however they are in granules and ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Liquid fertilizers and other solutions

I am searching for organic/natural ways to feed the soil & the plants and to let beneficial microbial and fungal colonies thrive. What I am not good at is timing, and the exact recipes of ...
2
votes
1answer
32 views

Front yard shrubs need a boost

I come over from New Zealand once a year and get the family garden sorted. This year I haven't been able to arrive any earlier because of Covid-19. So we are in the middle of summer and the garden ...
4
votes
2answers
40 views

How to convert garden fertilizer dosage to container dosage?

I have a bunch of old-school mineral fertilizers that I would like to use for container plants. The problem is that the dosage on them is grams/m2, lets say for simplicity it is 100 grams/m2. How do i ...
4
votes
2answers
295 views

Why do fertilizer ratios not add to 100?

I often see fertilizer NPK ratios that are advertised as "percentages" but the numbers do not add up to 100. My Latin is little rusty but I think per centum means per a hundred. So, in that ...
4
votes
2answers
68 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
40 views

Coffee grounds as pesticide or fertilizer (in general and/or for Chinese Evergreens)

Earlier today, I noticed a lot of small tiny flies emerging from the Chinese Evergreens I purchased last weekend. At the time, I just had my freshly ground and used morning coffee beans... so I tried ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

Low cost, liquid acid fertilizer

I am growing strawberries which I read prefer acid soil to alkaline one. I also read that using water that were used for beans soaking is recommended as a fertilizer. Will using it make my soil more ...
1
vote
0answers
13 views

Do sweet potato tops make good fertiliser tea?

I am growing sweet potato in my back yard and I come to realize the abundant amount of potato tops after harvesting, do they make a good fertiliser tea or I would just add them to the compost?
1
vote
0answers
13 views

Why is my Miranda not coming to full pitchers and it has brown spots?

I have a Miranda Nepenthes and I've had it for about 8 months or so. It is growing like crazy but I haven't had a pitcher to get to full maturity since it came in the mail. It starts to grow pitchers ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

What is going on with my coffee plant?

I have a coffee plant; I don't know the exact variation but I think it's "arabica". I got it as a small plant in a foam coffee cup 10+ years ago. It's currently located on a wall facing an East window....
1
vote
3answers
64 views

Is algae good as a fertilizer for plants

I recently went to a beach and saw large masses of green and red algae, wondering if I could use this marine algae as a source of nutrition for my plants. If this is effective and not risky, should I ...
11
votes
3answers
4k views

Dandelions taking over the lawn

My lawn was overrun with dandelions so I've used some Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max and that seems to be killing the dandelions very well. The problem is now my lawn is very sparse with grass. There just wasn'...
3
votes
1answer
23 views

Can plants in soil less culture (rockwool, coir) survive on a nitrate based nutrient solution without ammonium?

I have studied nutrient composition of fertilizers. Most soil fertilizers contain an about equal amount of nitrate and ammonium as a source of nitrogen, while most soil less fertilizers contain more ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Single large brown spot on Dracaena Dorado

I have been giving my dracaena dorado some fertilizer this year, on and off, maybe twice a month or less since March. I let it dry out between watering. The leaf tips were turning brown so I moved it ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Outdoor potted Mango seedling leaves are shiny brown

I started seedlings from mango out and doing really well but worries since leaves are a mahogany brown color. Too much water, not enough water? Need fertilizer, if not when it does, what kind and how ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

The leaves on my peace lily are turning brown and yellow, the tips as well as the edges?

I got a peace lily plant from ikea a 5 months ago and ever since then the tips of the leaves are turning brown, or some of the leaves will turn yellow and then go brown form the outside in. I water it ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Blood fish and bonemeal

Because of its composition, this fertiliser is attractive to rodents. I find that a topical application often results in the soil in pots being tossed about - as they search for the meat/carcase which ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

Use of hydrated lime as a calcium source

We have blossom end rot problem which is apparently a calcium deficiency. We have some builder's lime which I am told is calcium hydroxide and would like to use that as the calcium source. We can't ...
0
votes
4answers
130 views

Burnt dead plants as fertilizer

Just wondering if anyone has tried using burnt dead or discarded plants as fertilizer for new plants, and how much of the nutrients you can recycle if you reuse the waste from the previous harvest. My ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Banana tree health declining after repotting, yellowing leaves

I recently received a banana tree as a gift and as it is starting to decline I am worried about it. First off, I live in southern Canada (London) so I don't have a tropical climate but its been quite ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

How to fertilize strawberries in containers?

I have strawberries in containers and i want to fertilize them. What is the best approch and what type of fetilizer do I need?
0
votes
0answers
19 views

What are these white granules at the leaf-ends of my gold fruit palm?

I have had a gold fruit palm in my apartment for over a year now, and it has always been happy and healthy. Recently I have begun fertilising it once a week or so with a (German) liquid palm ...
8
votes
2answers
4k views

Buds don't blossom on Chilli plant ( bud drop )

I have a green chilli plant. For the past 2 months, the flowers on the plant have never bloomed. There are a lot of buds but instead of blooming, they just dry off. What is going wrong? I water the ...
8
votes
5answers
3k views

Is fertilizing a zero-sum endeavor?

Maybe a better way to put this question is: Given an isolated garden bed, that had no external inputs except light, water and air. If you were to grow plants in it, compost those plants and add them ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

What should I do if my pepper plants got too strong of fertilizer and they are wilting?

Basically, I added too much fertilizer to my pepper plants unknowingly. I thought it would help them, but the ends of the pepper plants are starting to turn brown and their stems are weak. Also, one ...
1
vote
3answers
117 views

Tomatoes seem to be stagnating?

I planted 4 tomato plants later in the season (mid June?). I have a 12" raised bed with good soil in it and they get about 10 hours of direct sunlight every day. I water them every other day with ...
2
votes
2answers
121 views

Using water soluble fertilizer as nutrient solution

I am quite new to hydroponics so forgive my ignorance :) I am planning to make a simple DWC set up (for tomatoes) and was wondering if I could use a water soluble fertilizer (20-20-20 with Mg Fe Cu ...
2
votes
2answers
34 views

Garden Soil Mix

First time gardener her. The wife and I decided to get our thumbs green and give veggies a go. We are going to be growing in buckets and garbage cans, and a few potato sacks. I was investigating ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

What is causing my avocado tree rot on leaf

I’m a newbie to growing avocado tree. This guys been growing for afew months and has recently started getting light brown spots on one of its leafs. The other leafs look okay apart from one or two ...
3
votes
1answer
17k views

How to save tree harmed by urine?

Is it possible to save trees that are harmed by dog urine? I have some young trees which died some time ago, and at first I didn’t understand why that happened. But it happened very suddenly. The ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Fertilizing a plant with its own fruit

From multiple sources I've understood that vegetable peels, such as potato peels, can be used as fertilizer for various plants. What about fertalizing a plant with its own fruit, or another part, such ...
2
votes
1answer
31 views

Does chemical fertiliser have an effect on growing newly germinated seeds in darkness using the “Petri Dish” method?

The situation is as follows. I am using the "petri dish" method of germinating chilli (pepper) seeds. It is just a takeout container + paper towel + water. The seed is sitting on the paper, not ...
5
votes
1answer
271 views

How to thicken grass

I live in Massachusetts and I'm trying to get my grass greener. My grass has many spots that are thin and light green. Also, there are some spots about the size of a basketball that are just a big ...
2
votes
1answer
124 views

How to take care of White Sandalwood Plant in the Pot?

Previously, I have posted this question on SE and it was related to Red Sandalwood plant (dead now). Recently, I have purchased a new White Sandalwood plant. But, I think that the condition of this ...
1
vote
2answers
175 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
442 views

Forcing a non-grafted lemon tree to produce blooms & fruit

About 8.5 years ago I successfully germinated a lemon seed from a store-bought lemon (I believe it was a Eureka lemon). Fast-forward to today and that lemon seed has grown into a 9-foot tall tree. ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

Can crushed rapeseed be used instead of rapeseed meal as fertilizer?

Traditionally, the Japanese use rapeseed meal as fertilizer. This is a non-waste production, they extract oil from seeds and use the resulting meal as fertilizer. But I wondered: is it possible to use ...
5
votes
1answer
78 views

Why do turf winterguard (applied late fall) fertilizers have no “P” (phosphorous)?

A leading brand's fall food is 32-0-10. As I understand it “P” helps roots grow. The fertilizers say they help grow deep roots. So at first glance seems odd to exclude this macro. My hypothesis ...
1
vote
1answer
26 views

Testing for nitrogen after applying blood meal?

In preparation for refreshing a garden box for a winter season, I tested for nutrients and found it was very low in nitrogen. I added more soil and amendment (for other reasons -- neither has many ...
1
vote
1answer
184 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
60 views

Does the glyphosate in our urine make it improper for use as a fertilizer?

It is known that urine has many positive effects on plants due to its chemical composition (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium). However, it is now also known that even organic food consumers end up ...

1
2 3 4 5 6