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Bonsai Fertilizer For Healthy Trees and Plants

If you own a bonsai, the only way to care for it ,is to feed it the nutrients and vitamins it needs to reach its full potential. Bonsai fertilizer will provide these vital nutrients.

One would think that by adding fertilizer you are feeding your bonsai trees and plants. This is not precisely true. Plants manufacture their own food by the process of photosynthesis.  The fertilizers you provide your trees assists in this food production. This is why gardeners use the terms fertilizing and feeding to mean the same thing.

Plants growing in the ground outdoors can search for the nourishment they need. If their immediate area lacks needed nutrients, the roots will branch into outer areas.  Because bonsai trees are grown in pots this doesn't happen and you need to give them some help with plant food and replacing the dirt every now and then with a good bonsai soil mix. Because they are confined to a pot; once the nutrients in the potting mix are gone, the plant is stranded. This is why you replenish these nutrients by applying bonsai fertilizer.

 Fertilizer for Bonsai Trees and Plant Vitamins


Go to this store to buy slow release fertilizer, vitamins, sprays and rooting hormones

Different kinds of plant fertilizer

House plant fertilizers usually contain three main nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium or potash. Some fertilizers also include needed trace elements. The ratio of these three ingredients is usually indicated on the label by three numbers, such as 5-10-5 or 18-20-16. The first number refers to nitrogen, which stimulates leaf growth and helps leaves maintain a rich green color.

Phosphourus promotes healthy root growth and aids in flower and fruit production which is listed as the second number. The third number refers to potassium, which aids plants in normal plant functions and development. If you choose a fertilizer that indicates it is formulated for house plants, you can feel confident it is properly balanced in the three main nutrients.

Commercial fertilizers for house plants come in several forms: liquids, powders, tablets, and capsules. Most of these fertilizers are to be dissolved and diluted in water for application. Some types are scratched into the soil surface. Tablets and slow-release capsules are also placed on the soil surface or in the soil. Slow release fertilizers allow nutrients to be slowly dissolved over a period of time. Whichever type of plant fertilizer you choose, read the label carefully and follow the directions exactly.

Using fertilizers

Many indoor gardeners find it very beneficial to apply fertilizers more frequently than normal (usually twice as often) but in a very diluted state (usually one-half the recommended dose or less). This provides the plant with nutrients in a more consistent manner.

Never apply fertilizer to dry potting mix. Be sure your plant or tree has been thoroughly watered first. A newly purchased house plant or bonsai tree normally will have been well nourished at the nursery and will not need fertilizer for at least 3 months. A newly repotted plant will find sufficient nutrients in the new potting mix.

Feeding your plant through the leaves

Some indoor gardeners have found that spraying fertilizer on plant leaves is helpful to their plants. Plants such as schefflera, philodendron, and Chinese evergreen respond very well. Many flowering bonsai trees like to be sprayed.

Fertilize by spraying a fine mist of diluted fertilizer with a mister or atomizer until the leaves look as if a good dew has settled on them. Don't leave the foliage dripping wet.

Most  plants can benefit from feeding, but be careful not to over fertilize or feed too frequently. If your bonsai fertilizer has no instructions for foliar feeding, use it at about half the recommended root feeding strength the first time. Increase the dosage to the full recommended strength in successive months.

 

 

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