Did you know? Fertilizer enhances the soil, not the plant. In organic fertilizers, micro-organisms like bacteria and fungi slowly break down the ingredients into nutrients plants can absorb more easily.
TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE FERTILIZING
Always Add Water. Never fertilize dry soil! Always dampen the ground for a few minutes before adding, then thoroughly soak the soil afterward.
Powder or Granular Formula? For an established plant, consider a granular formula as it can be sprinkled on top. For a new plant, consider a powder formula and blend in with the native soil early on.
Consider a Compost Tea. When growing organics, be sure to use a compost tea or microbial inoculant alongside your fertilizer to encourage bacteria and fungi to break down nutrients for the plants.
When Should I Fertilize?
– Most landscape plants will benefit from a refresh of fertilizer every two to three months for the first five years of their lives.
– Start a strong fertilizer program early: don’t wait until the plants are completely depleted or your plants will look sick.
– Similarly, don’t add too much fertilizer to a stressed, sick, or under-watered plant.
– Cannabis crop? See specifics in the sidebar.
Can I Mix Fertilizers? Yes! A key benefit to mixing fertilizers is the ability to customize the fertilizers’ NPK ratios (see sidebar) to specific plant needs. For example, if you wanted to increase the phosphorus percentage in the NorCal Hi-Five , you could blend it with the Bloom Instigator. To increase micronutrient content, you could blend the Micro-Manager with any of the blends.
Give It a Rinse. Be sure to wash any fertilizer dust or granules off the surface of the leaves. This ensures the plant can access the sun for photosynthesis and the nutrients in the fertilizer won’t burn the plant.
Sometimes known as the NPK ratio, the fertilizer grade is what’s referred to by the numbers in the names of most fertilizers. You’ll see this in KNTS fertilizers like “NorCal Hi-Five 5-5-5.” These three numbers are the minimum percentages, by weight, of the three most important nutrients in the soil: Total Nitrogen (N), Available Phosphate(P), and Soluble Potash(K). For All Seasons 5-5-5, it means that there is 5% Total Nitrogen, 5% Available Phosphate, and 5% Soluble Potash in every bag of fertilizer you buy, no matter the size.
Nitrogen: Nitrogen is king among nutrients and important for plant growth at every stage. It promotes green, leafy growth and high nutritional value. It also helps form the protein of the plant. If your plant is yellowing overall, it needs more nitrogen!
Phosphorus: A root’s best friend, phosphorus is important for root development and flower growth. This nutrient also helps to transfer energy throughout the plant through processes like photosynthesis.
Potassium: If your plant is stressed due to factors like sun or wind, it probably needs more potassium. Sometimes known as “potash,” this nutrient regulates metabolism and water pressure throughout the plant. It also helps prevent disease and increase yield and quality.
Related to the Fertilizer Grade, the Guaranteed Analysis is, quite simply, the guaranteed amount, again by weight, of all the major nutrients in the bag of fertilizer. You’ll always see Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, but you might also see other important nutrients like Calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe), or others.
For more of our valuable knowledge and advice, review our BLOGS.
THESE ARE KINNEY NURSERY AND TOPSOIL BAG FERTILIZERS AND MINERALS. AT KINNEY WE TAKE FERTILIZERS AND MINERALS VERY SERIOUSLY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF OUR BAG FERTILIZERS OR MINERALS CONTACT US.
Alfalfa Pellets 2.5-.05-2.5
Archipelago Bat Guano 0-7-0
Archipelago Bat Guano
Azomite Powder or Granular
Bat Guano 9-3-1
Blood Meal 12-0-0
Blue Ocean Sea Bird Pellets (PSG) 12-12-2.5
Bone Meal 3-15-0
Cotton Seed Meal 6-2-1
Dolomite #65 Ag Lime
Down To Earth Azomite
Down To Earth Blood Meal
Down To Earth Bone Meal
Down To Earth Feather Meal
Feather Meal 12-0-0
Fish Meal 9-4-1
Fishbone Meal 4-20-0
Glacial Rock Dust
Granular Humic Acid
Greensand Soil Amendment
Gypsum Solution Grade
KELP MEAL 1-0.1-2
Neem Seed Meal 6-1-2
Nutri-Rich Poultry Pellets 4-3-2
Oyster Shell Flour & Crushed Oyster Shell
Phosphorus Sea Bird Guano
Roots Organics Nitrogen Bat Guano 9-3-1
Sparetime Supply Bat Guano 7-3-1
Kinney Nursery and Topsoil offers you FREE COMPOST TEA!
We offer FREE COMPOST TEA every growing season to support our local growing communities, encourage organic gardening methods, and bring in new customers too!
With any purchase we offer a one gallon container and KNTS Compost Tea free!
Get five gallons free when you bring any leak-proof container.
5 Gallon Containers are available for purchase for $10 with a free fill-up of KNTS Compost Tea.
Additional Gallons are available for just $2 /gallon
Bulk Tea! 50+ gallons only $1.50 /gallon
24 hour notice is required, and containers must be provided.
Benefits of Compost Tea:
– Better plant growth resulting in better tasting vegetables & bigger blossoms.
– Boosts beneficial organisms that enhance plants immune systems.
– Packed with essential nutrients that are easily absorbed.
– Encourages root growth and helps plants pull nutrition from farther down.
– An all-natural alternative to harsh chemical fertilizers that can harm insects, wildlife, and even humans.