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
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.
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
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.