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Name: Brook Beatle
New Castle, Indiana
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brookbenge
Jan 30, 2014 3:57 PM CST
Im about to buy plant food i want to know when is the best time to feed your plants...... if u would tell me a lil about plant food thanks. :)
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porkpal
Jan 30, 2014 5:08 PM CST
I am sure someone here has the answers. I think it would help if you told us what kind of plants you are planning to feed.
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Name: Brook Beatle
New Castle, Indiana
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brookbenge
Jan 30, 2014 5:27 PM CST
spider plant , pothos plants thats the name of my plant thati have
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quietyard
Jan 30, 2014 5:35 PM CST
Hi Brook !

I find that using those miracle gro little plant food spikes for house plants work well and can be used any time for your house plants. Smiling
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Name: Brook Beatle
New Castle, Indiana
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brookbenge
Jan 30, 2014 5:37 PM CST
when do i add more of it evey 2 months or wat
Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jan 30, 2014 5:40 PM CST
I never go by any schedule, check the instruction on the container. Big Grin If I think the plant looks hungry, I feed it.
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Name: Brook Beatle
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brookbenge
Jan 30, 2014 5:42 PM CST
well im going to do it evey 2 months cuz it may look like it need it then u give it some then your plant goes bad
Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jan 30, 2014 5:43 PM CST
Sounds like a good plan, Brook ! Let us know how the plants do on that schedule. Thumbs up
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Name: Brook Beatle
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brookbenge
Jan 30, 2014 5:50 PM CST
ok i will :)
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RickCorey
Jan 30, 2014 5:53 PM CST
I prefer to use less concentration than the Miracle-Gro container suggests for houseplants, because under-fertilizing only slows their growth and is easy to diagnose (yellowing leaves & slow growth).

Recovering from under-fertilizing is really easy - just give them a little more fertilizer.

Over-fertilization can be harder to detect, harder to cure (like by flushing a pot), recovery is slow ... and they don't always recover.

Less is better!
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jan 30, 2014 5:56 PM CST
I do agree with that, Rick. Thumbs up
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Name: Brook Beatle
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brookbenge
Jan 30, 2014 5:58 PM CST
so giveing it to them evey 2 months is a good thing then ?
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RickCorey
Jan 30, 2014 7:03 PM CST
I don't feel like I could say "yes" or "no".

Suppose you diluted it to 1/4 of the suggested rate and only watered with it lightly.
Then I'm pretty sure every other month would be far enough apart.

But if you totally flooded the pot with the strongest concentration recommended - what if your soil held a lot of water? Then even every two months might be too often.

My belief is that so many things vary from one person to another that very few simple or concrete gardening rules can apply to everyone. You have to watch and learn and make your own rules.

If you dose them every other month with "some" 1/2 strength, not a huge amount and not just a sip, probably no problem. Just watch them to see if they get yellow.

(I'd suggest using the same cup to water with each time. Then you get a better feel for how much water they need, and how much it takes to flush the pot, or how much just to wet it down to near the bottom.)

You might need to fertilize more often, or use more fertilizer. Just increase gradually until they don't yellow towards the end of the 2-month period.. Once they look happy for several months, stop increasing the dose or back off a little and see if the new level is enough.

Does anyone have suggestions for what the tradeoff is between frequent small fertilization and bigger doses less often? I lean towards more dilute rather than "strong", just out of caution. The only indoor plants I grow are seedling trays and potted-up seedlings, They don't need much food!


Name: Brook Beatle
New Castle, Indiana
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brookbenge
Jan 31, 2014 1:48 AM CST
im going to buy the Food Spikes not the one u put in water i think buying the Food Spikes will work good cuz i dont have to give it more water when it dont need it so in the big pot do i put 2 the smell ones i put 1 right Smiling let me know plz thanks alot
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quietyard
Jan 31, 2014 12:46 PM CST
Brook the product will tell you how many spikes you need to insert in the soil according to the size of your plants. Smiling
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Paul2032
Jan 31, 2014 2:33 PM CST
There are many fertilizers for house plants available. If you are wanting bloom choose one with a higher center number such as 5-10-5. Foliage plants like higher nitrogen. This is a trite phrase but I do weakly weekly.......about 1/8 of recommended strength each time I water.
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Name: Brook Beatle
New Castle, Indiana
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brookbenge
Feb 1, 2014 1:30 PM CST
ok then i will be getting some about a week or 2
Name: Brook Beatle
New Castle, Indiana
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brookbenge
Feb 7, 2014 3:36 PM CST
i got 3 new plants my mom give me ill put the pics up the 3td plant do anyone know the name of it
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Feb 7, 2014 4:26 PM CST
Those three leaves stuck in soil look like someone is trying to root Jade. The second one looks like some sort of dwarf bamboo or cane.
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Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Feb 7, 2014 4:26 PM CST
@brookbenge,
Good of your Mom to get more plants for you.
That plant in the red Christmas pail...may I ask, are there holes in the bottom of that container? If not, you may want to either make some holes or transfer the plant to a different container so it won't get waterlogged/root rot, or whatever.
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