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Did you know that flowers can get hungry too? A hungry plant can start to die because it lacks the proper nutrients it needs to live. Plants use the nutrients in the soil to feed themselves and stay healthy. Over time, the plant’s soil eventually needs plant food to replenish the depleted nutrients.


Store-bought plant food can vary in price and tends to have filler ingredients and chemicals that aren’t the best for you or your plants. Homemade plant food is an easy and inexpensive way to feed your potted plants without accidentally harming your houseplants or breaking the bank. Lots of common household items have the properties needed to replenish the nutrients in your plant’s soil, so you can create natural plant food in the comfort of your own home. We identified a few remedies to try out to create your own DIY plant food.


The chemical elements in household items are important to keep in mind. The most important elements are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These elements are in store bought plants and measured by the “NPK” balance with each letter referring to its symbol on the periodic table (“N” referring to nitrogen, “P” referring to phosphorous and “K” referring to potassium). Each element helps productivity in different processes in the plant. Some other important elements to keep in mind include magnesium and calcium. Test a small portion of your plant soil first to make sure it will not harm any plants.


Add plant food directly to the soil so that the plant’s roots can best absorb the nutrients. Start by lightly topping your soil once a month and adjust how often you feed your plants based on how they respond. Plants show us what they’re hungry for based on their appearance. Yellow leaves and stunted growth are a couple ways our plants try to tell us what they need, take a look at these signs of deficiency to see what your plant is craving. Homemade plant food is ideally used for outdoor plants since smells and ease of application can vary. Adding plant food to potted plants can also be a little messy, so be extra careful when adding homemade plant food to your indoor plants.


Whether you are using a flower delivery NJ or grow your own flowers, keeping your beautiful buds well fed is an important part of a great garden. What matters is that your maintain a good PH balance in your soil and this means you know what soil you are using and what flowers are best suited to that particular soil. More often than not, your florist nj or florist jersey shore whether he or she is based in New Jersey or Seattle, will know what works best.


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Feeding Your Flowers – They’re Hungry, Too!  

Feeding Your Flowers – They’re Hungry, Too!

Feeding Your Flowers – They’re Hungry, Too!  

Feeding Your Flowers – They’re Hungry, Too!

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