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Organic Fertilizers

Organic Fertilizers Any discussion of fertilizers or organic fertilizers should begin with at least a brief overview of plant nutrition. It is commonly accepted that there are 16 elements required by plants for vigorous growth. Of these, three are supplied by air and water; carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. The other 13 are normally absorbed from the soil by plant roots. This group of 13 is further divided into 3 subgroups: primary nutrients, secondary nutrients, and micro nutrients. Certain elements are essential, regardless of the amounts required. They include: Primary Nutrients:…

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Answers to the 10 most-asked questions about fertilizers and fertilizing

What do the three numbers on the front of the bag mean? The three numbers are the percent by weight of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) inside the bag. These three nutrients are needed by all plants and they’re always listed in the same order. –N-P-K– on any box or bag of fertilizer. What does slow-release nitrogen do? Nitrogen is the nutrient responsible for growth and greenness in plants. Quick-release nitrogen goes to work right away. But slow-release (also called “slowly available”) nitrogen feeds your plants for a…

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Single Ingredients Fertilizer

Single Ingredient Fertilizers Bat Guano 10-3-1 Bat guano is just that – bat manure. Traditionally used as a fertilizer source by farmers and gardeners for many years. Bat guano is still one of the most potent natural fertilizers available today. An excellent general purpose fertilizer for use on plants requiring large amounts of readily available nitrogen. Recommended for use on everything from annual vegetables and flowers, to perennial shrubs and trees. Bat guano is an excellent fertilizer for container plants, and can be diluted into a very effective “tea”, or…

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