The Q&A Archives: Fertilizing Plants

Questioner's Location: Spring Hill, FL
Date: December 14, 1997

Question: 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: 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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