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What Kind of Fertilizer for Hydrangeas?

Hydrangea is a beautiful plant and flower. However, it is important to make sure that you are going to give the right kind of fertilizer.

What Kind of Fertilizer for Hydrangeas?

This is the one thing that many people are doing wrong. They don’t give the right fertilizer and then they don’t understand why their Hydrangeas don’t bloom correctly.

With this guide, you will be able to know exactly what type of fertilizer you should give your Hydrangeas and other essential information about your Hydrangea fertilizer.

Why is this such a popular flower all over the world?

There aren’t many countries around the world that don’t have the Hydrangeas as a flower. This is a really popular flower, because of how beautiful the flowers can be. But, why is this such a popular flower, and why are many people planting this plant in their garden.

Besides the fact that you need to fertilize the plant, the plant and flowers don’t need much care in order to grow and to become a huge plant full of beautiful flowers. It is easy to maintain and doesn’t need daily water. And, one plant can give two different color flowers.

Why is it essential to give the right kind of fertilizer?

Every plant and flower in your home and garden needs to be fertilized at least once a year. This is their food to ensure that they are growing healthy and to ensure that they are blooming beautiful flowers. If you don’t give the right fertilizer, or you aren’t giving enough fertilizer, the plant can die.

However, it is also important to make sure that you don’t overfeed the plant. This can also cause serious damage. This is why you should make sure that you are aware of all the information around fertilizing Hydrangeas.

Time of year that the Hydrangeas should be fertilized

It is known that you should not fertilize the Hydrangeas after August. However, this is when August is in the fall. You should consider your country’s season when you want to fertilize Hydrangeas.

The first application should be applied during May or June. Most people say that you should fertilize every month, but this is debatable.

Myths about Hydrangeas fertilization that many people belief

There are a couple of myths around hydrangeas and their fertilization that many people believe. And so many of these beliefs aren’t true. These are a couple of the myths around fertilization of these plants that you might need to know.

Any color Hydrangeas can change color if you are changing the type of fertilizer. This isn’t the truth. The white Hydrangeas can’t change color. No matter what. Only the pink and blue ones can change color. And, this has to do with the amount of sulfur that is in the ground. However, this can be adjusted by the type of fertilizer that you are using

Guide in choosing the fertilizer for your Hydrangeas

The first thing that you need to know is that you can give your hydrangeas organic fertilizer. In fact, many experts only belief in organic fertilizer. The right type of fertilizer that you are choosing for your hydrangeas should be good all-purpose 12-4-8 to 10-10-10 composition. This will provide all the fertilizing hydrangeas need to bloom beautifully.

Choosing the fertilizer for your Hydrangeas

If you have used these fertilizers and the hydrangeas don’t flower, it might mean that you waited too long to fertilized the plant. Or, you have fertilized the plant too much. You can use the powder fertilizers or the liquid fertilizers. Most prefer the liquid fertilizers because you can’t measure it incorrectly that can cause damage to the plant.

Fertilize Hydrangeas to change color

If you want your hydrangeas to turn or flower pink, you should add some lime to the fertilizer. This is the best way to turn your blue hydrangeas blue. In order to turn the pink hydrangeas back to blue, you should add some sulfur with the fertilizer. Remember that the white hydrangeas won’t ever change color.

It is important to know what you can fertilize your hydrangeas. Especially, if you want to make sure that it blooms and flowers beautifully each year. There are a couple of things about fertilizing these plants that you need to know before you just start fertilizing it. This is easy to maintain plants, but it will die if you don’t fertilize it correctly, or if you don’t fertilize it at all. If the plant doesn’t flower once a year, there is something wrong with the health of the plant, for sure.

Perfect Soil Preparation Tips for Your Garden

Perfect Soil Preparation Tips for Your GardenFirst thing you need to do with your garden soil is to get a soil test. Results of the soil analysis will guide you for what you need to add to correct the pH and boost deficient nutrients.

A soil rich with organic matter is considered to be best for plant growth. It is a good gardening practice to mix compost into the soil at the start of the gardening year. It enhances the soil’s physical condition, resulting in improved drainage, increased moisture retention and better aeration. Compost compliments soil with organic matter that contains plant nutrients and act as a fertilizer.

Based on specific plant requirements you should add extra nutrients, fertilizers, and additives. For indoor as well as outdoor plants bat and seabird guano provide fast- and slow-release nutrients. It is a nematocide. Bone meal is high in phosphate and good for bulbs and root crops. A blood meal is nitrogen-rich dried powdered animal blood and builds leafy green plants. It also helps in controlling moles, squirrels, and deer. Cottonseed meal is a high-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer that also adds organic material to the soil.

As topsoil dressing, you may also apply corn gluten meal-a pre-emergent herbicide. It helps control crabgrass and small weeds. You should apply it when seeds are germinating. It will release nitrogen by decomposing. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate – magnesium and sulfur in a highly soluble form. Magnesium is essential for chlorophyll production which makes plants bushy and green. It helps seeds germinate and improves phosphorous and nitrogen uptake.

Fish emulsion, powder, and meal contain many slow release micronutrients. Kelp and seaweed products are rich with sea minerals including trace elements, amino acids, vitamins, and hormones. These are good for indoor plants, houseplants, outdoor plants, seedlings, and transplants.

Milorganite is a biosolid made from composted dried sewer sludge. It provides nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. If used as topsoil dressing it repels rabbits, voles, squirrels and deer. You should not apply this to the on root vegetables as it may contain heavy metals, pathogens, and salts.

Mycorrhizae are beneficial fungi in the soil that work together with plant roots. Mycorrhizae are critical to providing nutrients and moisture to plants. Miracle-Gro offers several highly soluble quick-release fertilizers that fill different plants’ needs. Osmocote acts as a slow-release resin-coated fertilizer.

Many gardeners prefer using sawdust and wood chips in their gardens but only decomposed sawdust should be applied to the lawn and garden. Wood ashes contain phosphorous and potassium but are alkaline and therefore avoid it using around acid-loving plants like azaleas.

Red worms produce worm castings and it has excellent water holding capability. The water when released is full of rich nutrients. It is good for landscape and houseplants.

You must note that the soil in your garden must be fixed prior to growing anything and it is always better to prepare in advance.

Customize Garden Fertilizer To Grow Vegetables

Customize Garden Fertilizer To Grow VegetablesIt is easier and better to use organic stuff to make fertilizer. You should buy all the ingredients separately so it is easy to customize. Things you might require to customize the fertilizer include canola seed meal, bone meal, kelp meal, and lime and one cubic yard of steer manure.

All these items along with your home compost should provide all the nutrition for vegetables to grow in your garden. If you follow the procedure everything will grow just fine with about one gallon of the mix on a bed three meters by three meters.

Fertilizers contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, or NPK, which are expressed numerically on labels, such as 5-15-1. Each number represents the percentage of the total mix by weight.

The individual items procured by you would have the following composition for a customized fertilizer for your garden;

Canola meal -Slow release nitrogen and phosphorus with a trace of potassium, roughly 6-2-1.

Bone meal -Moderately slow release nitrogen and phosphorus for root development with the bonus of calcium, roughly 3-15-0.

Kelp meal: Relatively quick to release nitrogen but higher in potassium than seed meals and contains lots of trace minerals, about 1-1-2.

Compost: Improves aeration and moisture retention, about 1-1-1.

Blood meal: I don’t put it in my general purpose mix, but it can provide a  quick hit of nitrogen when slow-release isn’t doing the job, 14-0-0.

Basic customized garden fertilizer to grow vegetables will be mixed up in the combination and specified quantity of 10 parts canola seed meal +1 part lime + 1 part bone meal + 1 part kelp meal.

It is good to keep all the above the components of your fertilizer separate so that you can mix on the fly for each bed of vegetables you plant.

If you are growing potatoes in your garden remember not to include lime in your customized fertilizer. Similarly, tomatoes like phosphorus for fruit growth but prefer slow-release nitrogen.

(Adapted from Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, by Steve Solomon)

17 Essential Micro-Nutrients and Macro-Nutrients For Plant Growth

17 Essential Micro-Nutrients and Macro-Nutrients For Plant GrowthLet us go back to the basics and learn chemistry that would be extremely helpful in understanding its applications in gardening. Chemical elements analysis reveals that plants need definite proportions of specific elements.

Plant growth is solely dependent on 17 different elements. Presence of all these chemical elements in perfect proportion is primarily responsible for the healthy growth of a plant. As a gardener, you must know about these 17 essential elements. All these elements have been classified into specific categories. Basis of such classification is also interesting to understand. Let us open it up.

Air and Water Macronutrients

There are three (03) macronutrient elements that a plant can derive from air and water. Carbon(C), Hydrogen (H), and Oxygen (O) are these three elements. Clean environment with clean air and quality water are not only important for humans but also for the plants.

Fertilizer Macronutrients        

Some essential elements are primarily derived from the fertilizers. Nitrogen (N), Potassium (K), and Phosphorus (P) are three elements. Fertilizers are the best sources for their replenishment as these elements are required in comparatively large quantities and at regular
frequency. These elements are responsible for the maximum growth of the plants. Adding fertilizers to the soil is one of the best methods to maintain a minimum required level of replenishment.

Secondary Micronutrients

As the name suggests, secondary micronutrients are added with primary micronutrients. More often the process of such addition is coincidental in nature. Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), and Sulfur(S) are three such secondary micronutrients. When you add lime in any form these elements are coincidentally added to it and plants derive them accordingly.

Trace Micronutrients

In chemistry, they are better known as “Trace Elements”. We may also call them minor micronutrients for gardening purposes. These elements are not required in large quantities rather just a trace present would suffice. There are eight (08) such trace elements that are essential for plant growth. These are Manganese(Mn), Boron(B), Iron(Fe), Chlorine(Cl), Cobalt(Co), Molybdenum(Mo), and Zinc(Z).

Common soils contain sufficient quantities of the micro-nutrients. However, a soil test would be better to identify any further need that can be replenished externally. If you apply good soil-building -practices you will perhaps never face any problem.

If you are using synthetic fertilizers in your garden then you must be aware of the fact that there are no trace elements in it. On the other hand, applying organic fertilizers is far better as there are trace elements present in sufficient quantity. Manure, compost, green manures, and mulching are most recommended for this purpose.