Fertiliser is an important aspect in growing and caring for your plants. Coming into spring, what do you need to know about fertilising to ensure your plants are able to thrive?
Soil conditioners and fertilisers – What’s the difference?
Fertiliser products are nutrient-based and add these nutrients to the soil, such as Dynamic Lifter.
Soil conditioners, such as Eco-Seaweed and composts, aid in plants ability to absorb available nutrients from the soil.
NPK – The importance of macro nutrients in soil
Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) are the three major nutrients absorbed by plants. Nitrogen is responsible for healthy foliage, Phosphorous helps root and stem growth, and Potassium aids in the growth of fruits and flowers: the general health of your plants! Without enough of these macronutrients, your plants may decline in growth and health.
When should you fertilise your plants?
This depends on the type of fertiliser you choose; some slow-release fertilisers can last up to 12 months, while liquid fertilisers can be used from weekly to monthly.
Fertilisers are available in granules, powder, or liquid forms, either with organic or inorganic (synthetic) ingredients. Ask your local expert about what product suits your personal needs.
Tip: Watering your plants with lukewarm water helps with nutrient uptake. Slow-release fertilisers are temperature controlled and lukewarm water aids the process of breaking down and releasing nutrients.
Note: Keep an eye out for using fertilisers high in Phosphorus on native plants. Natives have adapted to Australia’s phosphorus poor soils and can be damaged or even die if fertilised with too much phosphorous.