The Truth About Fertilizers

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Every plant enthusiast knows the feeling of getting a brand new plant to add to their collection. It’s foliage is perfectly lush, leaves are firm and vibrant. Maybe it’s even flowering! Fast forward a few weeks. It’s getting the right amount of light, enough water. It even has a humidifier nearby to create that tropical environment in your living room! You notice it doesn’t look the same as the day you brought it home.

Truth is, without fertilizer, plants will become nutrient deficient over time.

This will show in ways such as weak stems, easy rotting, yellowed leaves, or lack of blooms. At Immortal Roots, our houseplants and succulents are on a constant feed, receiving a micro-dose of Jack’s fertilizer with every watering. Luckily, this isn’t hard to do at home.

For plants that don’t require special nutrients, we recommend JR Peters Jack’s Classic All Purpose 20-20-20. It is a great general fertilizer, especially if you’re planning to use it on outdoor plants and vegetables as well. For flowering plants that need higher amounts of phosphorus, try JR Peters Jack’s Classic Houseplant Special 15-30-15. These are both water soluble, well-balanced fertilizers.

Simply add the amount directed on the packaging to your water every 2-3 weeks in the growing season. Fertilizer should be scaled back to almost none at all during the winter while the plants are not actively growing. After just a few applications of fertilizer, you’ll notice an improvement in your plant’s health and growth!