There are many peaks and valleys in the growing season. Add plant nutrition into the mix and you can quickly become overwhelmed with what to do and when to do it.
There are various stages of a plant’s growth. Growth, Reproduction/Production and Dormancy. Understanding these stages is important when feeding your plants for the miracles it can bring during the growing season.
It does not matter if you are growing indoors or outside, the principles are the same. You need to know your growing season and when to apply the peaks and valley techniques to heighten your plant’s vigor and production. Fertilizing at the most opportune time ensures that your plants are getting the macros they need. By going a step further and adding in a micronutrient supplement this process will elevate your plants health to the most optimal level. After all, our objective is to get the most from our plants that we can.
Here is one way to look at fertilizing and managing plant food applications. With every plant (whether it’s an annual or perennial) there are peaks and valleys throughout its life cycle. It is the observance of these peaks and valleys that will turn fruitful if we manage the application of both regular fertilizers, and begin looking at adding a nutritional supplement into the mix. Different amounts, and different elements, are needed at different stages of the game. For example, Nitrogen is great as a high number during the growing cycle of a plant; but when fruit set and fruit development are in effect potassium could be sought as the larger number. Pair that approach with minor elements and you can have a balanced nutritional schedule throughout the life cycle of the plant by looking at a peak and valley application approach.
When You May Want to Fertilize with Macro’s
We can start our first peak at the planting stage. We want to have good root development and growth to start so a regular fertilizer application is the right thing to do here. Then there will be a bud stage — right when the flowers are just about to pop. At this stage there would be another “regular” fertilizer application. After the fruiting and harvest have taken place, the plant may want to go into dormancy, and this is where another fertilizer application may help. Plants can go dormant and store energy in order to give a full flush at the time of growth when it is ready to.
When You May Want to Add Minor Elements
Adding minor elements can take place at the time of fertilization because there are trace elements mixed in with your “regular” fertilizers. However, just because minors are mixed in with the NPK’s you should still pay particular attention to the valleys of when you initially fertilized and opt for a straight nutritional application in between NPK applications.
No matter what stage your plants are in… If your plants show symptoms of being tired then add a nutritional supplement and it should improve the overall appearance and health of our green friends. An example of this is the use of Gatorade® by humans. The sports drink is used most often when electrolytes are needed by the human body because of depletion. In plant this is no different. Even if the elements are stated to be in the regular fertilizers, there is a chance that they have been depleted, or have become bound in the soil, which renders them useless by the plant. While there are many reasons to look at adding nutritional applications to your growing regimen I would suggest it purely for the overall health of your plants. Healthy Plants Equal Healthy Fruits and Vegetables.