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Giving your plants and soils a boost of nutrients from plant foods can help your prized garden beauties grow larger blooms, larger fruits and vegetables, and improve the overall health of your garden and landscape. All plant food, also called plant fertilizer, is not created equal. Knowing a bit about plant nutrients and the needs of your plants can help you choose the best plant food product.
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Important Plant Nutrients
Plants get the majority of their nutrients from the soil. Sometimes, the soil is deficient in some nutrients, or has an overabundance of another. Each imbalance affects plant growth, yield, aesthetics, and overall health. Plants have primary and secondary nutrient needs, as well as micronutrient needs, and it’s important to know what nutrients your plants need and why, so you are better able to diagnose plant problems and give your plants the necessary nutrients. Here is a list of important plant nutrients and how they affect your plants.
Plant Nutrient Deficiencies
Nutrient deficiencies can manifest themselves in many ways, and many look similar or occur at the same time. One deficiency can cause another, and all plants will adapt to changes in soil nutrients differently. You may be able to tell your plant is struggling in its current soil by the following symptoms:
These symptoms can indicate nutrient deficiency, but you will have to do a bit more work to decode just what may be lacking in your soil. A soil test can give you the big picture of what your soil contains and what it needs.
Choosing Plant Food
There are an endless array of choices when it comes to plant food. While all aim to add nutrients or other benefits to the soil, each has a different goal. Some aid in overall soil health, like Neptune’s Harvest Organic Crab Shell which helps get rid of fungus and nematodes. Other products work for specific plants, like Fertilome Rose Food, and deliver plant-specific nutrients directly to the soil. Specific plant ailments can also be cured with plant food, like with Bonide Rot-Stop Tomato Blossom End Rot food. You can even choose specific plant nutrients to add directly to the soil for a certain effect, like Bonide Triple Super Phosphate for strong roots and hearty plant health. We carry any type of plant food you might need to create a healthy environment for your plants, giving them all the nutrients they need.
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