Have you ever thought about a plant’s ability to make flowers out of just soil, water, sunshine and nutrients? It’s a pretty impressive feat. Our task as flower gardeners is to create the best possible growing conditions so that our plants can flourish, and we can do just that with flower fertiliser.
In this quick guide, we answer all your questions about flower fertiliser and tending to your flower’s nutritional needs. Let’s get started.
All your answers about flower fertiliser
Why fertilise flowers
Flowers are known to brighten up any garden. They’re beautiful and vibrant (and add a sweet-smelling fragrance to your outdoor area). But sometimes our flower gardens can look dull and sparse. The reason for this could be that your plants aren’t getting enough nutrients.
Not all plants are made equal. Many types of annuals and perennials will grow and bloom just fine without ever being fertilised, some are heavier feeders than others. This means they need more nutrients in their soil. This is especially important for plants in containers. Unlike ground soil, potting soil can’t be replenished by nature once its nutrients run out.
Signs your flowers need fertiliser
There are so many reasons a plant can look like it’s lacking nutrients, including overwatering (appearing a damp yellow) or lack of water (crispy or dead leaves). Disease or insect damage can also affect the appearance of your plant’s foliage, but the following signs are what you should look out for to see if your beloved flora needs some feeding:
- Light green and yellowing mature foliage can signify that a plant needs nitrogen.
- Chlorosis – light green leaves with dark green veins – can be an indication that a plant needs potassium.
- If older leaves are turning purple at the base and other leaves are dull dark green, there could be a phosphorous deficiency.
Introducing Wonder Super Bloom
Wonder Organics Super Bloom is a specially formulated flower fertiliser which your flowers will love.
- The slow-feeding fertiliser supports plant health and strengthens flowers from the inside out.
- Applying this flower fertiliser to your soil every 4 – 6 weeks allows your roses and flowers to be their best.
- The added sulphur, as well as zinc complex, is the perfect blend to give flowers all the nutrients they require.
- Zinc improves the transport of water and nutrients around the plant’s system.
- This nutrient-packed flower fertiliser encourages photosynthesis – for the energy production of your flowers and its plant.
- Easily identify where you have used this flower fertiliser with the help of coloured granules.
- Pick up your 1kg super product at any of our retailers nationwide.
We’ve covered why we use flower fertiliser and why we don’t, as well as signs your flowers need a nutrient boost, but let’s get into the questions you’ve always had about fertilisation – your FAQs and must-knows.
The nitty gritty on flower fertiliser
When is the best time to fertilise flowers?
Generally speaking, the best time to fertilise landscape plants is around the time they begin to grow actively. The worst time to fertilise plants is at the end of their growing season. Many flowering trees and shrubs, for example, begin to wake up and grow in early spring.
Should I fertilise plants while they’re flowering?
Fertiliser for flowering plants will help them stay healthier longer and will encourage them to blossom. However, not all plants are equal. Annual plants grow very quickly and need fertilisation every 4 – 6 weeks during their short season.
Do I fertilise flowers before or after watering?
Never fertilise a thirsty plant. Water the plant well first, and then apply the instructed amount of fertiliser the next day.
Are there any flowers that shouldn’t be fertilised?
Perennials that do best with no supplement fertiliser include butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), asters, rock roses (Helianthemum spp.), and sea holly.
For most flower gardeners, a complete fertiliser is necessary to supply plants with the three major elements they require to thrive:
- Nitrogen (N): Promotes lush foliage growth
- Phosphorus or Phosphate (P): Promotes blooming and fruit formation
- Potassium or Potash (K): Develops healthy root systems
Is fertilisation only good for flowers in the garden?
Potted flowers and smaller patio gardens probably require more nutrient checks than a flowering shrub out in your backyard. This is because once the soil’s nutrients have depleted in the container, there is no other way for that soil to be replenished with more nutrients.
Feeding your smaller vertical gardens and patio pots with Wonder Super Bloom is highly recommended.
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