Fertilizer - Knowledgebase Question

St. Augustine, Fl
Question by carol_schwar
August 20, 2009
Hello - I have several beautiful hibiscus purchased from Home Depot, that I have in clay pots on my balcony overlooking the marsh. Since I have 3 cats, I would like to know of a safe fertilizer that can be applied. Thank you,

Answer from NGA
August 20, 2009


Since your hibiscus are in pots, the safest way to feed (for the plants and your pets) is with a half strength dilution of liquid fertilizer. I use Miracle Gro or Peter's mixed at half the recommended rate but applied twice as often - usually every 3-4 weeks. This way I supply a consistent amount of nutrients without fear of burning the roots because of too much fertilizer. And, since it is a liquid, there will be no undissolved granules or pellets left on the soil surface. Best wishes with your plants.

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