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Fertilize flowers with the proper fertilizer

Updated on October 6, 2010

Fertilizing flowers the proper way

Fertilize flowers properly.

As you know fertilizers have three bold numbers,that look like this; (10-10-10).

The first number stands for available nitrogen.

The second number stand for available potash.

The third number stands for available phosphate.

Typical grades for lawns and gardens are;

  • 6-6-18
  • 5-10-10
  • 5-10-5
  • 8-0-24

When you fertilize your garden or lawn make sure you do it evenly or you will see streaks in the growth pattern.The best spreader is a cyclone type which spreads in two directions,covering an equal amount of fertilizer on your plants.

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How to fertilize flowers-properly

The gardener who goes overboard on the use of fertilizers is just as wrong as the one who considers them a waste of money.

Neither is likely to enjoy much success without some knowledge of the needs of the plants he intends to grow.

Some plants are heavy feeders,others are willing to compete against weeds,if necessary in the poorest ground.

Fertilizers applied near plants which resent them are likely to use the gardeners intended kindness by producing lush foliage while staging a slow down in the flower production department.

Plants with really big appetites on the other hand will respond to extra nourishment with larger and more numerous blooms.

I have two lists printed below from a large California flower seed producer and represents years of research on the requirements of the most popular varieties.

These are the flowers on which fertilizer really pays even in rich soil.The asterisks denote the heaviest feeders.

  • Zinnias
  • *Portulaca
  • *scabiosa
  • Canterbury bells
  • *pansies
  • Dahlias
  • *Shasta Daisy
  • Stocks
  • Asters
  • Marigolds
  • *Cornflower
  • Delphinium
  • Geum
  • Pinks
  • Larkspur
  • *Sweet Peas
  • Flowers likely to respond with fewer blooms if heavily fertilized are.
  • Petunias
  • Bells of Ireland
  • Gaillardia
  • Hollyhocks
  • Vinca
  • Morning Glory
  • Sunflowers
  • Statice
  • Verbena
  • Flowers harmed most by extra nourishment are.
  • Nasturtiums
  • Black-eyed Susan vine
  • California Poppy
  • Tithonia
  • Cosmos

Those flowers not mentioned are regarded as in-between.They can utilize extra plant food without going all to foliage,yet they are able to make a good growth of flowers with show without help.Generally speaking moderate feeding will benefit all of them.

Do not apply fertilizers directly on seeds or you will cook them.Apply fertilizer at least one inch away from the seeds.


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    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Montana

      Are you referring to the black cow cafe or black cow bad girls?LoL

    • jiberish profile image


      9 years ago from florida

      Good advice. Question: Is black cow good for flowers?

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Montana

      thanks esahs

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      9 years ago

      "Nice topic just in time for summer!"

      "Two thumbs up!"

      CEO E.S.A.H.S. Association

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Montana

      yes it might eat bugs for survival!!

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You gave some great advice. I have one plant now that just refuses to die. Once it went 2 months without any water and I didn't even notice a difference. I think it's alien. I got it as a gift from some Chinese restaurant owners...I'll call you if it starts talking and asking for blood.


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