You've done all the hard work of researching, locating and planting your garden or container blooms. Now that they have settled into the perfect soil and have had a chance to drink up the first transplant solution you lovingly applied, what can you do to keep your flowers, vegetables and other household flora and fauna flourishing all year long? There are a few tried and true liquids that allow your plants and vegetables to reach their full growing potential.
Why Good Liquids Matter
Although a good potting or garden soil will provide most of what the plant needs for its root systems to create a good foundation for all that happens above, embellished water can supplement the growing process. Plants that are deprived of water tend to grow much slower. The branches and leaves tend to be thinner, less lush and spindly as they reach toward the light that is provided either in the house or outdoors.
Types of Liquid Fertilizers
Aside from water, a good dose of nutrients should be introduced to the plant either regularly or from time to time, depending on the plant. These include potassium, nitrogen, phosphorous and more. Applied correctly, a plant can prosper with full blooms and thick branches. Organic fertilizers include manure that is saturated and left to mix overnight before being applied.
How to Apply Liquid Plant Food
Liquid fertilizers actually don't always start out that way. A good liquid fertilizer may begin as a powder that, when mixed with the proper amount of tap water, will dissolve to make a powerful elixir. One of the draw backs of this is if you use too little water you can scorch the roots of the healthy plants and make them whither. You can either spray the liquid fertilizer over the top of the plants and let the leaves soak in the mixture or apply it to the base of the plant to give the fertilizer a chance to make its magic in the roots. The numbers on a fertilizer package show you what you are getting. It begins with the nitrogen content followed by phosphorous and potassium. If you have a bag marked 16-4-8 that means it contains 16 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphorous and the 8 percent potassium. Find out how much your particular crop, small garden or plant needs before applying any liquid nitrogen. Other nutrients that plants need in small amounts include cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, boron, molybdenum, chlorine, nickel and zinc
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.