- Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:09 am
Found it has less to do with the NPK ratio and more about other compounds that affect plants differently. NPK ratios are used by growers in order to know what fertilizer to use for different effects. Top Growth, Root Growth, Flowering. Balanced fertilizers are often used in a day to day but a grower may decide to up the phosphorus to quickly establish a solid root base in a plant. Which will in turn provide a good foundation and supply the plant for rapid growth. People do that kind of thing a lot with crops. I tend to do it on aroids and "rooted cuttings" to get them going. I found Maxsea doesn't work on some legumes. I wanted to do the same thing as you, a one stop shop. At first people said to look for "Urea free" fertilizers for carnivorous plants. Used to think Maxsea and Orchid fertilizers were the only options. Recently I've learned that people use Dyna Gro on Cephalotus though so I am curious about others. I've been considering using it on one of my plants to see what the word is. Homemade may possibly be a safer play than Miracle Gro. I've considered using Bio Gold, which is an organic fertilizer used for bonsai. One of my bainskloof sprouts is also going to be a guinea pig for GA3. Maybe someone else can chime in on the other stuff. Maxsea would likely work on your other plants. I only had one adverse reaction out of 100 species.
As far as enriching soil goes for plants, the easiest way to do that would be a slow release like osmocote. People tend to think dosing it once or twice is all that needs to be done but a plant will take in all the nutrients in the pot within weeks. It takes little time, particularly if it has an impressive root system. That is why continuous fertilization is necessary for potted plants. If you don't dose them, they will stagnate unless it is say a legume and produces its own nitrogen. Osmocote or something like it makes it a lot easier. Sprinkle some on top of the soil (or mix in top layer) and as you water it'll trickle nutrients through the soil over the course of months. Liquid based fertilizers help to "blast" a plant needing nutrients immediately but shouldn't be done all the time. Unless you're using something like Dyna Gro. I've used Dyna Gro often in daily watering based on the needs of the plant and had good results.
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