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Coral50
Jun 17, 2021 9:24 AM CST
Hi everyone,
I apologize in advance for this basic questionโ€ฆ For some reason, I'm kinda confused. I even read the instructions.

How do you fertilize house plants? I bought Schultz 10-15-10 plant food. I am unsure how to apply the fertilizer?

If I have 3 pothos plants...

The instructions say to mix 7 drops per quart of water.
Do I apply a little to each plant? Meaning, just pour a bit in all three pothos?
Or, is it for each plant?

I haven't done anything yet... My plan was to do it once a month until the Fall.

Oh my gosh! Sorry! Why am I unable to figure it out!? Confused
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 17, 2021 9:32 AM CST
Mix 7 drops of fertilizer into a quart of water then water your plants until some water comes out the bottom of each pot. If the quart of water runs out before you are done, mix another batch and continue.

But, I would mix it at 3 or 4 drops in a quart of water if you plan to water monthly.
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Coral50
Jun 17, 2021 9:41 AM CST
Thank you, Daisyl! I appreciate your advice!
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kniphofia
Jun 17, 2021 10:05 AM CST
Feeding your plants is essentially just adding the fertilizer to your normal watering regime.

Depending on how big your plants are I would just add 3 - 4 drops to your watering can or jug and water the plants as normal waiting for the water to run through the rootball and out of the drainage holes. You can discard any excess.

Houseplants don't really require much other than the odd feed during the growing season. Remember the manufacturers are in the business to make money so will tell you your plants need all sorts of things!
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purpleinopp
Jun 17, 2021 11:10 AM CST
What kinds of plants do you have, Coral?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 17, 2021 12:22 PM CST
Three pothos plants Whistling
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jun 17, 2021 3:39 PM CST
Thanks Daisy! I see it now. Missed it before. In that case, can't add anything to the well-said statements above except that since they're not going to bloom, there's little to be gained by fertilizing a Pothos more than a few times per year - which probably already was said...
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Coral50
Jun 17, 2021 7:32 PM CST
Kniphofia, Daisyl, and Purpleinopp,

So nice....Thank you all so much. I really do appreciate all your help and advice!

Have a great night!
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DaisyI
Jun 17, 2021 7:39 PM CST
I'm not sure it has been said. I was looking at the NPK 10-15-10. For a Pothos, that middle number isn't going to be real useful. I use 10-10-10 slow release once a year (at most, some years I forget Smiling ).

Fertilizer is very over-rated. Its like having Thanksgiving Dinner every day. What you should be doing is nurturing the soil so the plant can pick and choose, kind of like a buffet. Well, maybe a poor analogy. When my Hubby goes to a buffet, its an excuse to overeat. Rolling on the floor laughing

For house plants, in their little pots, by the time they need fertilizer, they also need repotting. One or the other, not both.

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