Can To Much Fertilizer Be Bad For Indoor Plants? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by eastbabe
October 17, 2000
I am currently growing brassica rapa a form of a mustard plant. It is contained in a small planting cell. Can I harm it by putting to much fertilizer in the planting cell? Is to much fertilizer bad for plants?

Answer from NGA
October 17, 2000
It is quite possible to overfertilize and harm the plant. In general, it is best to follow the label instructions for dilution or application rates or in some cases to use a little less. New seedlings in particular are very sensitive to this. They should not be fertilized at all until they have developed true leaves and they should be fed with a dilute solution of water soluble fertilzer rather than granular forms applied to the soil.

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