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marina del rey, CA
aimee858
May 4, 2020 2:16 PM CST
Hi,

I am new to indoor plants and have some questions about fertilizer. The plants I have now are:

Monstera
Rose Calathea
Algonema silver bay
golden pothos
String of hearts
ZZ
Snake
Pilea
English Ivy

I know some of these don't require as frequent fertilizing as others, but is this a good fertilizer to use across the board?
(I've already ordered it, but I can always return it and get something different)

"J R Peters 52024 Jacks Classic No.1.5 20-20-20 All Purpose Fertilizer"

Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 4, 2020 2:27 PM CST
Welcome! Fertilizer is vastly overrated and intended only for indoor plants that have been in the same pot for a year or more, are healthy and are growing vigorously. It is not medicine to cure problems and it will not make plants grow bigger or faster.

The product you ordered is no better or worse than most other products. Use it only for plants that are growing as I described above. Plants growing in low light do not need any fertilizer.

For those that do, dilute it to half-strength and apply it no more than once per month and only when they are growing.

There are lots of things to consider when caring for indoor plants, but fertilizer is not high on the list.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
marina del rey, CA
aimee858
May 5, 2020 2:59 PM CST
good to know, makes my life easier! Thank you so much :)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 6, 2020 7:17 AM CST
Thumbs up
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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