Fertilizing Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Spring Hill, FL
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Question by rond65
December 14, 1997
I live on the west coast of Florida, north of Tampa, and the temperature goes down to the 40's, and occasionally the 30's during the winter monthts. Should I continue to fertilize during the winter months?

Answer from NGA
December 14, 1997
You're fortunate to live in such an idyllic setting! Most plants can be safely fertilized as long as they're actively growing. As winter approaches, it's a good idea to cut back, because some fertilizers stimulate tender green growth that is more succeptible to cold. When plants stop growing they're going through a resting phase and should not be encouraged to grow until they're ready. When you see buds start to swell or leaves unfurl, you can begin fertilizing again.

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