Fish Emulsion vs Miracle Grow - Knowledgebase Question

Las Vegas, Ne
Question by Jeanne95
May 27, 2009
I have a young garden with plants that flower all summer into fall. Do you think fish emulsion works as well as Miracle Grow to keep them blooming?

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2009


Numberwise, fish emulsion is generally a 4-1-1-5 (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur) and trace elements. You mix 1 Tablespoon of Emulsion per gallon of water. It can be applied as a foliar feed followed by a good watering of the soil to give root growth a chance. It is especially useful for giving plants a good early start when the season is still cold.

Miracle Gro is usually a 20-20-20 so you'll get more fertilizer per application.

Phosphorous (the middle number) boosts blooming so you might want to use a fertilizer with a higher middle number to promote flowering. 10-20-10 is an example. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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