- Gardening in Containers
- Planting Mixes
- How to Plant
- Pests and Problems
- Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes
- Flowers for Containers
- Vegetables in Containers
- Herbs in Containers
- Grow an Herb as a Standard
Excerpt from page 9 - Fertilizing
Plants growing in containers need more attention than those in borders or the vegetable garden. Because of the limited volume of soil, the pot will dry out more quickly and need more added nutrients than the soil in the garden.
Even with a mix that has fertilizer added, you will have to fertilize again about three weeks after planting. And if you have had to water your container frequently, you'll need more fertilizer even sooner.
Some people prefer to feed with a weak solution of fertilizer every other time they water. Use about 1/5 the amount called for on the directions for a monthly application (if the directions call for 1 tablespoon of fertilizer to 1 gallon of water, you will use a 1 tablespoon to 5 gallons of water).
Other gardeners fertilize less frequently , perhaps once a week, and still get good results. Still others swear they have to fertilize every time they water to ensure good flowering. These growers will often use a plant food such as Peters Professional Blossom Booster with a 10-30-30 rating and swear by it for lush flowers. You will have to experiment to see what you like. Hanging baskets sometimes benefit from more frequent feedings than other containers.
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