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March 09, 2021 4 min read
Fertilizer is a huge factor to successfully cultivating a garden. Plants need a good amount of nutrients to survive as they use them for many basic functions. From growing their leaves to growing their roots, nutrients are the basis for plant growth. If you want to advance yourself as a grower, you’ll need to know a good amount about fertilizer to avoid these common fertilizer mistakes.
A plant leaf experiencing leaf burn from over-fertilization. Sourced via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fertilizer-Burn.jpgIf your plants are taking longer to mature than normal, is tall with weak stems, has yellow leaves, leaves that fall prematurely or reduced root growth, you may be over fertilizing. The best way to fix over fertilization is to not do it in the first place. It is very difficult to notice the effects of over fertilization as they take a few days to show and by that point it is very hard to reverse. However, if you have over fertilized your plant, the best method to reduce the effects would be to give the plant as much water as the pot it is in will hold to bring the salt levels back down to normal. A good pot to use to both provide sufficient room to grow and good storage for soil is the Wally Eco Wall Planter.
A plant experiencing chlorosis (left) next to a fully healthy leaf (right). Sources via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Capsicum_annuum_clorosis.jpgIf your plant experiences chlorosis (loss of green coloring), stunted growth, purple/red leaves or dead plant tissue, you may be under fertilizing. This is another difficult mistake to fix, fertilization is a very important part of growing so make sure you take your time researching what kind and how much fertilizer you need. If you notice the symptoms of under fertilization, you should retreat your soil. Restarting the treatment of the soil will allow your plant to thrive in the new conditions.
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