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hanasplants
Apr 30, 2020 2:10 PM CST
Hello, I need an advice. When it comes to instructions about fertilizing house plants, it is always explained how much you should dilute the fertilizer. I also know that I shouldn't use it on dry soil. But I don't see anywhere how much I should use? A few drops? The same amount as if I was watering the plant? Sorry if it is a very stupid question. I really have no idea. It isn't mentioned on the bottle and naturally I don't want to burn my plants. I know that generally less is more but even then everyone will translate it to a different amount.
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SoulReaver009
Apr 30, 2020 2:42 PM CST
Can you please post a pic of the fertilizer bag/container?
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BigBill
Apr 30, 2020 3:19 PM CST
Without even knowing what you are using most house plants do not need much in the way of fertilizer. Perhaps twice per year is enough for most.

Poor culture, uneven watering, improper light, all of these issues are not cured by fertilizer.
Most fertilizers come with directions on their label. Most growers suggest using it at one half the strength.
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hanasplants
May 1, 2020 2:30 PM CST
I am using a local brand. There is a table with some chemicals in % though if that helps. The instructions say to use 5 ml in 2 litres of water. It also recommends using it with every watering but I am not sure if that means I should water with the fertlilized water? Reading the suggestions here I wouldn't use it that often.

I am not trying to solve any issues. My plants are growing and look ok. I just thought that because they are growing I might give them some food so they can grow even more?

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DaisyI
May 1, 2020 2:52 PM CST
The general rule is read the mixing instructions on the package and then mix it weaker. If you want to fertilize every time you water, dilute it to about 1/4 or less strength. If you fertilizer once a month of every other month, dilute to 1/2 or less strength. If you flush the soil before you fertilize, it helps get rid of salts building up from fertilizer use.

But, plants don't need that much fertilizer. If you fertilize with half strength fertilizer between 1 and 4 times a year, its plenty. Don't fertilize immediately after you repot. Read the potting soil package - it could be the potting soil comes with a 6-month built in supply of fertilizer. But, if it doesn't, repotting is stressful, fertilizer is stressful. One stress at a time.

If your plants look fine and are growing well, don't fertilize. Ferrtilizer won't make them grow faster. But, if you see a problem (leaves less green, fewer flowers, slower growth...) fertilize.

I fertilize my plants one time a year (in spring) with fertilizer mixed at half strength. That's it.
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SoulReaver009
May 1, 2020 5:38 PM CST
What kind of fertilizer is this?

Can you take a picture of the whole bag front and back.

So we can have the brand name, type (model)?

I don't know if this is liquid fertilizer that you don't have to mix with water, or fertilizer you mix with water, or pellet fertilizer that you sprinkle and then water. Maybe I am just not as up on things as everyone else. You sound like you know what you are doing maybe even more than me. Maybe more than some others. I would like to help, but I can't cause I don't know what you are using.

Maybe others do. Maybe they already answered your question. I'm not sure. Lol.

Hope you got what you were looking for! I won't post anymore, unless you ask or post something that I can help with. Happy gardening!
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DaisyI
May 1, 2020 6:45 PM CST
SoulReaver009 said:What kind of fertilizer is this?


It doesn't matter. Each brand will have instructions for use. The brand Hana is using says "use 5 ml in 2 litres of water." I would mix it as 1ml per 2 litres of water.


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hanasplants
May 3, 2020 1:06 PM CST
Ok, thank you :)
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kenisaac
May 3, 2020 3:05 PM CST
And when you water with your fertilizer-added water, always empty the saucer afterward so the pot doesn't sit in fertilizer water. Otherwise, it'll soak it back up into the soil over time, and the soil will be oversaturated with salts.

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