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Jun 15, 2020 5:21 AM CST
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Hi Team,

I am a beginner and starting with few pots in my balcony. Please recommend which fertilizer should be used - Vermicompost or Seaweed. Can seaweed alone works with out anything.
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Jun 15, 2020 5:33 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
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Welcome! seaweed is a good boost, but not good as a complete fertilizer. Look for a fertilizer that has the three elements, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, or NPK. The numbers on the label will indicate the percentage of each of these elements, and are listed as, for example, 10-10-10. Look for a fertilizer indicated for houseplants or potted plants, and start by using half strength. Plants need each element to develop leaves, roots and flowers and fruits. I'm not sure of the composition of vermicompost, but I don't think it would contain all three elements.
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Jun 15, 2020 9:28 AM CST
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You don't need to fertilize new soil or new plants in new soil. If you do, you can cause problems with your plants. I have quite a few plants growing indoors and outdoors, and to be honest, I never have to fertilize. You would be surprised how long a plant can live in a container without a single feeding.

I use an EC meter and collect discharge water from the bottom of plants and test it. The need for fertilizer is almost "NEVER" need it, because I have over 300 ppm of nutrients in the containers. Most new soils run 1200 to 4900 ppm and adding any will most always cause problems.

Here's an example of a golden ivy Mother plant that's over 10 years old running on just rainwater now. Two months ago the ppm dropped below 200 and so I added liquid fertilizer. I used about 1/15th of the manufacturer's recommendation and the ivy is still looking good at over 300 ppm. If I would of added the recommendations I would of killed my plant.
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Jun 15, 2020 10:27 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
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I don't fertilize most of my houseplants (the exceptions are the African Violets). By the time most plants need fertilizer, they also need repotting (once every 2 - 3 years).
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