We want your plants to thrive and the best way to ensure this is with regular fertilizing using the right plant food.
Your plants will become stronger, have richer color and will bloom longer and you will be amazed at the difference this makes.
Depending on your style of gardening organic or conventional, our experienced team members will be able to guide you to the right product.
All fertilizers are based on a Nitrogen/Phosphorous/Potassium mix. Nitrogen promotes vigorous growth and dark green color, Phosphorous is important for root, fruit and flower development, and potassium is vital for overall plant hardiness and disease resistance. There are two categories of plant foods, Organic and conventional and they are available in a continuous release form either granular or spike, and a water soluble fast acting form. Continuous release plant foods (sometimes known as ’slow release’) break down slowly in the soil to continually feed the plant for a period of time determined by the specific product.
Organic Plant Foods –
These products are natural (derived from sources such as plant or animal residues) and add organic matter to the soil. They are high in micronutrients such as calcium which is beneficial for tomatoes, and they have low salt content reducing the risk of burning your plants. Our range of Espoma Organic plant foods also contain Bio-tone® microbes which aid in root development and are designed to maximize the amount of fertilizer used by the plant.
Conventional Plant Foods –
Conventional plant foods are materials that are manufactured chemically and they fall into one of two categories: Water soluble or continuous release. These fertilizers tend to have a higher concentration of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. In some cases, they include micronutrients such as copper, manganese, and calcium.
How often should you fertilize your plants?
For optimum growth and performance when fertilizing your trees, evergreens, and shrubs we recommend maintaining continuous nutrition to your plants. Depending on the type of fertilizer and how long it fertilizes for, dictates how often you should be fertilizing. In the fall, we recommend avoiding fertilizing with products that push growth when the plants are going dormant for the winter months. However, we do recommend continually feeding through the fall with fertilizers that are designed to encourage root growth or fruit and flower development.
In the case of vegetable gardens, it is important to choose and apply the correct fertilizer for the specific situation. There is not one answer that fits all.
We recommend visiting our store to discuss with one of our experts which is the right plant food for your specific requirements.