May 28, 2019

What the heck is fertilizer?

We hear it so much when referencing plants but some of us have no idea what it is and what exactly it does. In fact, some of us think fertilizer to be equivalent to what soil is.

Close, but not exactly.

Think of it this way: you can’t survive on just potatoes and chocolates forever, even though they are delicious and they do not leave you starving. 

Fertilizer is like that heavy duty superfood that you find in Wholesfood that gives you that extra push and adds to your nutritional needs.

Plants absorb all the nutrients as it grows from the soil. Without fertilizer, it will continue to grow but suck the nutrients from the soil until it runs out. Once this occurs, the plant will have very little chance at survival.

Because we love our air purifying friends so much, it’s important to take especially good care of these plants by feeding them fertilizer.

When to give fertilizer: 

 Why?

 

The end of spring and throughout the summer

 

  • This is when growing season begins for air purifying plants, and so this is the perfect time to feed them accordingly.
  • Tons of sunshine and rain available during the growing season of spring and summer and for that reason fertilization is essential for their rapid growth.

 

 

When not to give Fertilizer:    Why?
fall and winter 
  • usually met with harsh challenges and this is when generally our air purifying friends lose momentum and end their growing season at this time

 

Turn Household Products into Fertilizer 

If you can't afford to buy fertilizer, that's ok. There are various common household products that you can use to build your very own fertilizer.

  • Fish waste from your aquarium 
  • Banana peels provide a great source for potassium
  • Used coffee grounds
  • Cooking water (such as when you boil vegetables, pasta, etc...)
  • Eggshells
  • Jello
  • Green tea
  • Hair
  • Powdered milk
  • Soaked matches

 


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