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May 23, 2020 6:57 PM CST
Long Island, NY
Hello there everyone. I have a quick question, I'm planting some watermelons, peppermint and lavander plants on some plastic pots. I'm using miracle grow moisture control potting mix and I want to know what types of fertilizer I need to use for each plant or if the potting mix already has all nutrients necessary
.thank you very much for your help.
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May 23, 2020 7:43 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Potting mix should have it already. Check the label.
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May 23, 2020 10:42 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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The potting soil has nutrients in it, probably enough for the whole season. Moisture control potting soil is a mistake though - it stays too wet for too long.
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May 24, 2020 1:24 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
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Daisy and Bill made some good points... the general rule for fertilizing potted plants is to apply at half strength, at measured intervals. The times you fertilize would be determined by how often you water. Plants confined to a pot and watered frequently need it more. Also anything that blooms all the time needs it more, ie annual flowers. For veggies I use plain potting soil and fertilize with a low number organic fertilizer at the time of planting, and usually again when the plants begin fruiting. I never use fertilizer added soil. The percentages aren't the ones I want of the three elements.
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May 24, 2020 5:59 AM CST
Long Island, NY
So maybe a better option will be to use the regular miracle grow potting mix for faster drain and maybe some all purpose plant food ?
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May 24, 2020 6:04 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Unless the potting mix has slow release fertilizer incorporated into the mix.
You won't need to add any other fertilizer. The notion that plants need regular feedings even when growing in a good potting mix is simply not true.
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May 24, 2020 9:12 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
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It all depends. Your plants will let you know if they need supplemental feeding.
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May 24, 2020 10:46 AM CST
Name: Baja
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There is already fertilizer in that soil.
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