Mixing Your Flower and Plant Fertilizer

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Choosing the correct flower soil for your blooming flowers is not rocket science, but rather it does involve understanding a little bit about your alternatives. It’s extremely important to select the correct soil, of course; as many of our favorite flowering plants are very specific about their ideal living conditions. However, there are some average gardeners who blossom because their favorite flowers require less soil than others. Choosing a proper flower soil can be difficult, because most flower gardens are designed around certain types of flowers. The proper amount and type of soil will affect the health and vibrancy of each variety.

Flower and Plant Fertilizer

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Some of the more popular flower vegetables include tulips, gerberas, and lilies. All these varieties benefit from a thick clover-type flower soil with lots of silt, and clay in it, which also absorbs water. Many perennials like these also love sunny, well drained locations. Flowering plants such as these will grow quite well if they’re planted in pots, and you may want to dig a hole for them first and then fill it with the flower soil. These plants will thrive, however, in pots.

Some gardeners prefer a mixture of bark dust and compost in their flower beds. This mixture can be prepared by combining one part wood ash to two parts peat moss or perlite powder, and mixing in a half cup of each to one-fourth cup of fresh perlite or bark dust. The result is an attractive, fine-grained garden soil that’s both rich in nutrients, and full of life. Another popular organic matter substitute for flower beds is coconut husk powder. It’s fine grained, full of nutrients, and can be used in place of clay or sand.

When selecting an organic matter source, try to choose something that’s higher in nitrogen than your soil would normally be. For example, adding gypsum to your potting soil will help your roots absorb the nitrogen more efficiently. Gypsum is a sugar, and just right for plant roots that need lots of nutrition. It doesn’t contain a lot of nutrients, however, and its application to the soil should be limited to the summer only. It will burn your plants if it gets into their roots.

Different types of flowers have different needs. Roses, for example, need rich soil to thrive. They don’t do well in heavy clay soils, and their roots will rot from exposure to the elements in that type of soil. Similarly, azaleas and tulips do not do well if their roots are planted in heavy clay. On the other hand, different types of grapes thrive better in soils with a higher amount of organic matter. Sweet grapes will grow well in acidic conditions as well, and cherries will do well in alkaline soils.

Different types of plants will also have different needs when it comes to fertilization. Some plants grow best with a slow release fertilizer; others prefer a quick release fertilizer. The difference between a fast release fertilizer and a slow release fertilizer is based on how much the plant has to expend to move the fertilizer from the roots to the leaves. This means that a fast release fertilizer will cost the gardener more in the long run, but the plants will be healthier because they have moved the fertilizer from the roots to the leaves.

When you mix your flower and plant fertilizer, you need to take into account the type of plant you’re mixing the ingredients for. Most flower and plant ingredients should be mixed about a fourth of a pound of each to a quarter pound of each. Mixing the ingredients too much can cause the mixture to be too dry. Too little can result in the plants becoming too wet.

Final Words

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Don’t expect your flowers and plants to flourish if you don’t provide them with the right type of fertilizer. In fact, many gardeners resort to combining fertilizers because they think they’ll dilute the nutrients already present. This isn’t the case, and often results in the plants not receiving enough nutrients. You should mix a proper blend of ingredients based on the type of plant you have, mixing the proper amount of ingredients for each plant.

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