A plant in nature is likely to source its nutrients by relying on decomposed matter in the soil.
For the home garden there is a range of techniques and fertilizers that can be implemented to help with producing a thriving and productive garden.
Fertilizers (also referred to as plant food) are crucial if wishing to receive the full benefit of the plant life.
Even though a plant deprived of nutrients is still able to survive for the long-term, it isn't going to be as healthy as it should.
What to expect with plants deprived of nutrition? Plants with poor nutrition are likely to vary significantly in relation to future growth and symptoms displayed.
Certain symptoms are seen to be quite universal with all plant life.
A simple sign is stunted growth.
Most grow far below their full potential and stems are short with limited leaves.
Plants deprived for the long-term are likely to see the leaves drop and might die.
An issue to consider with poor nutrition is the production of very few fruits and flowers.
This is certain to be a significant issue if planning on growing fruit and vegetables in the garden.
A further symptom of not providing the ideal growth environment is discoloured leaves.
Leaves appearing a distinct yellow colour are certain to mean the plant is in poor health.
It is often possible to establish the health of the plant life by inspecting the color of the leaves.
How best to fertilize the plants? Plant fertilizers are available in a variety of forms and likely to vary in the benefits provided to the plant life.
Effective application of the fertilizer is crucial.
Make certain to follow the instructions provided on the container.
Applying too much fertilizer is rarely a good thing.
A plant fertilizer also varies in relation to what you're hoping to achieve.
An instant injection of nutrients is provided by the fast releasing water-soluble solutions.
Water-soluble nutrients are available as concentrated liquid or salt granules.
Either option needs diluting prior to use in a watering can or given to the garden via a garden hose and attachment for doling out the required nutrient concentration.
A low maintenance option for fertilizing the garden includes the slow-release pellets.
A handful of slow release pellets scattered over a vegetable patch is certain to benefit the soil for up to nine months and ensures the necessary nutrients are released.
Whereas the quick release fertilizers are likely to be consumed by the plant life within a time-frame of six weeks.
A slow or fast-release fertilizer is a type of chemical fertilizer, but if applied in the correct manner they aren't likely to have a negative impact on the environment.