When to fertilize gardenias
For most people, it is not a mystery that these plants have to be fertilized. What’s more, those who already have a garden or certain plants, have certain fertilizer products to care for them. However, there are still some questions that many people ask themselves: when to fertilize the garden? How often?
In this article, we solve the doubts and more. If you are thinking of growing your own garden, I recommend reading more to learn more about compost time.
- 1 What is compost?
- 2 When should it be paid?
- 2.1 When should it not be paid?
- 2.2 Aspects to consider
- 3 How to fertilize the garden soil?
- 3.1 Why is the field fertilized with manure?
What is compost?
Before we explain when composting the garden, let us make it clear what compost is. It is an organic or inorganic substance that offers an increase in quality of the soil and increasing the nutrients for crops. It is important to know that the substrate we add to the pots and pots or the natural lands have infinite nutrients. For this reason we must fertilize the soil when the minerals and vitamins are depleted.
The floral kingdom needs some primary macronutrients to sustain itself. These are nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Besides, plants require some more chemical elements. According to each plant species, their nutritional needs vary, as does the consumption. The one thing they all have in common is that they cannot continue to feed once there are no natural nutrients left in the substrate or in the soil. At the moment it is essential to pay.
When should it be paid?
During the development phase and before the germination of the flora bud begins, it is important to fertilize the plants. In general, the flowering period takes place in spring and summer. The time may vary depending on the plant species.
When plants are in their growth phase, it is advisable to fertilize the soil every seven or ten days. It is also more convenient to fertilize with less quantity but in shorter periods than to use a large quantity of fertilizer in longer periods.
When should one not pay for it?
Just as it is important to know when to fertilize the garden, so is knowing when not to do it. When we fertilize the soil when it does not touch, we can cause fatal consequences for plants.
In general, when the vegetables are just transplanted, they should not be fertilized until a few weeks have passed. This is because the new substrate should already contain the necessary nutrients for plant development. The same goes for freshly bought vegetables. In this case, it is recommended to wait about a month and a half before fertilizing the soil for the first time.
We should not fertilize the soil when it is dry, if not, water it generously. On the contrary, the compost may burn the dry roots of the vegetable.
Generally, it is also not advisable to use fertilizers in winter, since it is not common that it is the flowering time of the plants. Obviously, when it comes to species that evolve at this time, we must fertilize the soil.
As for diseased plants, it is not advisable to fertilize them. We must first wait for the species to recover. It is important to remember that compost is a substitute for food. It is not a cure for vegetables affected by any disease, fungi or insects.
Aspects to consider
The state of the plant can tell us if it needs new fertilizers and nutrients, we just have to be vigilant. Here are some signs that vegetables are undernourished:
- Yellow sheets
- Leaf fall with some frequency
- Lack of growth or abnormal growth of plants
- Flowers smaller than normal
When these cases occur, it is best to prepare a special compost to enrich the substrate and thus feed the plants.
How to fertilize the garden soil?
Now we know when to pay and when not, we will discuss the procedure. First we must remove the entire top layer of the substrate. To be able to do this easier and reach the bottom, it is advisable to empty pots part. In this way, the entire substrate is loose and decompressed at the end. Then you have to put the compost in the upper third of the pot and stir it a little so that it mixes with the substrate.
However, it is important to remember that each plant species has its own nutrient requirements. The vegetables that consume the most nutrients are the following: eggplants, pumpkins, zucchini, melons, peppers, watermelons and tomatoes. In contrast, those that produce a single fruit tend to consume less normally. These include onions, spinach, lettuce, radishes and carrots. For this reason, we can find some specific fertilizers for some vegetables or fruits, such as tomatoes or strawberries.
Why is the field fertilized with manure?
Many people wonder why the soil is fertilized with manure, which is with a mixture of decomposed organic matter based on animal feces. It is a very good organic fertilizer, thanks to its high content of organic matter and nitrogen. It has been used since ancient times, so the advantages of livestock waste and restoring nutrient levels in agricultural soils the use of manure is increasingly increasing, because many prefer to do without chemicals and choose an organic planting. Below we will see a list of the advantages that the fertilizer offers:
- The nutrients provided to the animals are recycled.
- It is an ecological fertilizer.
- Water quality is protected (garbage nutrients are more difficult to be leached into water sources and groundwater).
- Eliminates viruses, fungi, bacteria and weed seeds.
- Produces biogas.
I hope this article has helped you understand the importance of soil fertilizers and know when to fertilize the garden and how to do it correctly.