How to Choose the Perfect Plant Food
No matter what the manufacturers tell you, there is no one plant food that works well for all of your garden needs. Different kinds of plants need different kinds of fertilizers, and the table here lists some guidelines. Of course, the best advice before using any plant food is to have your soil tested.
|Annuals||Granular||Apply before planting, supplemented by liquid soluble
applications after planting.
|Bulbs||Granular 8-8-8 or similar||Apply at planting time.|
|Fruit trees||Granular and/or organic||Apply as necessary in spring only.|
|Hanging baskets||Slow-release or liquid soluble||Apply every two weeks.|
|House plants||Slow-release or liquid soluble||Apply every two weeks in spring and summer.|
|Lawns||Granular and/or organic||Apply spring and fall in cool climates, and early and late
summer in warm climates.
|Perennials||Granular and/or organic||Apply in autumn; supplement with liquid soluble.|
|Roses||Granular and/or organic||Apply in spring and autumn for good growth.|
|Trees and shrubs||Granular and/or organic||Apply in autumn; supplement with complete granular (10-10-10 or
similar) if spring growth is poor.
|Vegetables||Organic||Apply in autumn or at least one month prior to planting.
Continually enrich soil with organic fertilizers; supplement with
granular 5-10-10 first two gardening seasons.