By considering the weather, climate and a few other factors, you can select plant food like a pro.
First, take a look at what stage your flowers and plants are in. Are they just sprouting, blooming, fully grown or just seedlings? The stage a plant is in can determine the type of fertilizer or plant food needed. Seedlings and newly sprouted plants may require a larger amount of nutrients than fully grown plants that have stronger leaves, stems and roots.
The natural environment of the plants also can be factored in. Plants are biologically inclined to create their own food, but when the soil’s PH levels are too high or to low, that process can be hindered. That is why it’s essential to use the right plant food or fertilizer.
Different types of plants require different nutrients and PH levels, which refer to the level of acidity or alkalinity in the soil. There are specialized plant food formulas for those that require special care and all-purpose solutions for those that do not. Some plants will do well in varied levels of acidity and alkalinity, while others must remain at consistent levels.
If there is not a specialized formula for your plant, most likely an all-purpose fertilizer or plant food is the right type to choose. You also can read the labels of the plant foods at your local garden center to find out which is right for the weather, the stage, and the type of plants you have, as well as the climate your plants live in.
Do not be afraid to ask for assistance in choosing plant food or fertilizer. You can talk to any of the professional florists or botanists to ask them for assistance. These garden specialists in your neighborhood garden center, greenhouse, or home improvement warehouse are there to assist you. Chances are, they will know which type of plant food is right for a particular plant. Another way to find the information is by looking it up in horticultural guides in print or web form.
When feeding the plants, it also is important not to over- or underfeed them. Either can hinder the growing process or even cause the plants to die. Some types of plant food need to be pushed or mixed into the soil, while others can be sprinkled on top. Be sure to thoroughly inspect labels to ensure proper feeding and usage.