The unnatural truth about fertilizing container plants

Next time you consider using "natural" fertilizers for your container plants, remind yourself that there's nothing "natural" about growing plants in a container.

Nothing wrong with container-grown plants or natural fertilizers. I grow plants in containers myself, and usually prefer organic fertilizers. But containers create an artificial environment that just isn't suitable for most organic fertilizers.

For one, the potting soil you buy in the store has been more or less sterilized. You might think that's a good thing, and for most containers, it's to some degree beneficial. But gardening is not open-heart surgery. And there are a lot of downsides to having sterile soil. Good garden soil is normally teeming with microbes and soil elements that help to break down and store organic fertilizers. Sterilized, store-bought soil mixes have none of that.

Scotts Osmocote Fertilizers - Fertilizers

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Culture media Fafard author has launched a complete range of mixtures of details that make it easier for producers to feed their crops. Through an exclusive agreement with the Scotts Company, Fafard has begun to integrate first controlled distribute fertilizer Osmocote in its standard mixtures. Fully coated fertilizers containing both macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and micronutrients. The fertilizer granules Pygmy provide flow distribution, even for a maximum period of six weeks.The mixtures are intended for pots 4 inches and smaller.

Gardening tips and advice from Alan Down

  1. A slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote is the best choice. There are several organic controls, none of which I have ever tried, knowing the mildew probably won't kill a plant and can't be reversed anyway. The purpose of spraying, organic or
  2. Even if you added slow-release fertiliser (such as Osmocote) to the compost in your tubs and baskets, it's worth feeding regularly with liquid feed. Stake tall plants to give them support. Cut flower stems off euphorbia as they become straw-coloured
  3. Desert plants are a curious crew, with cacti and succulents among the most inexplicable at times. On one hand, my friend Gino Dreese swears that his golden barrel cactus are so enormous because he liberally feeds them with Miracle Grow. On the other 
  4. I find that a moderate sprinkle of 14-14-14 Osmocote time-release fertilizer works very well and is especially needed for those in pots. Notice that the numbers show that it is the same in nitrogen (the first number) as the others. Thus it promotes
  5. Nursery growers, who have hundreds of thousands of container plants to take care of, typically use coated, slow-release artificial fertilizers, with trade names like Osmocote or Nursery Special. In theory, these fertilizers work sort of like a coated