How to fertilize plants in pots

Plants in pots allow people living in environments urban land without access to their own fresh vegetables. According to Agriculture Business Week magazine, the only kinds of plants that do not grow in pots are the tubers such as potatoes , carrots and turnips. All other kinds of vegetables, including big as pumpkins, grow inside with enough space and proper care. Fertilize plants helps keep them healthy and produce food .

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Prepare nutrient-rich soil before planting vegetables. Agriculture Business Week recommend mixing a mixture of peat moss, compost and manure old to create a well fertilized soil. Start with a soil rich in nutrients helps to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed and start the plants in a healthy environment.

Decide what type of fertilizer used in which plants, as different plants require different fertilizers. The Washington State University recommends using a 5-10-10 fertilizer for seedlings of asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels cabbage, celery, cucumbers, melons, parsnips, peas, peppers, pumpkins, rhubarb, zucchini and tomatoes. Recommend 10-10-10 fertilizer for spinach, onions, okra, lettuce, Chinese cabbage and asparagus over 2 years. Buy one or both types of fertilizers depending on the selection of vegetables.

 Prepare the fertilizer solution. The National Gardening Association recommends mixing 1 tablespoon of fertilizer in 1 gallon (4 liters) of water for peppers and eggplants, and this solution also works for most vegetables in pots.

Fertilize plants. The National Gardening Association recommends fertilizing potted peppers around watering them once a week with liquid fertilizer solution instead of plain water. The Washington State University recommends fertilize other plants about once every three weeks, although asparagus, onions and rhubarb only need fertilizer once a year. Usually only requires spinach plant fertilizer when first. Note that the amount of fertilizer a plant needs vary depending on growing conditions and soil quality, which fertilizes the plants they grow more slowly and less when they grow quickly.

Tips and Warnings

  • It’s a good idea to water and fertilize the plants at the base of the plant instead of pouring water or solution over the entire plant.This type of irrigation avoids the problems of fungi.