Fertilizing Indoor Plants

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Plants need different elements from the soil to grow. If they are not present in the right

amount the plants will not be as healthy or grow as they should. This is the reason plants

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need fertilizer, to add the missing elements (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium). You

can give your plants too much fertilizer and that will have the opposite affect you are

going for.

The same species of plant that is grown indoors or outdoors will have different fertilizing

needs. Plants that are grown indoors have a will not need as much fertilizer as the ones

grown outside. The rate of growth is slower indoors and you can harm your plant by

over-fertilizing it.

How do you know how much fertilizer to give to your plants and when to feed it to them?

If you have purchased a plant meant for the indoors chances are the information tag it

comes with will give fertilizing instructions. But a better method to follow is observing

your plant for any signs that would indicate it is lacking nutrients.

Your plant might need fertilizer if it is not growing as fast as it should. If you notice the

growth of the plant is stunted and it is spring or summer you can safely add fertilizer in

small amounts over a period of one to two weeks. Many indoor gardeners will add

fertilizer as part of routine maintenance each spring and that is fine too. Just be careful

not too over-fertilize. Some signs that you have added to much fertilizer are the tip of the

leaves are turning brown or the leaves are drooping downwards.

All fertilizers are not made the same; they are available in different ratios of nitrogen,

phosphorous and potassium. Purchase a fertilizer meant for indoor plants or one that is

made for a specific type of plant.

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