How to Keep your Plants Alive: Fertilizing 101

How to Keep your Plants Alive: Fertilizing 101


Hey guys, this is Rosetta with Rosetta Grows. Welcome back. Today’s video is all about fertilizing your plants and I am going to keep this short and sweet. I have been getting feedback that you guys want shorter videos and so I am trying to condense everything into this little brick of a video for you guys. I’m going to share everything that you need to know to get your plants looking so fine. You’re going to want to stay tuned, especially to the end, right? Just give like a list of tips and tricks that you’re going to need for fertilizing. I add new videos on Fridays and you don’t want to miss a single one right now. We’re in the middle of a series called how to keep your plants alive and I think it’s just really good information, especially for people who are just new to plants or people who might need a little bit more of a refresher on how to take care of them or why we’re doing what we’re doing to take care of these plants. So how to keep your plants alive. go ahead and subscribe. You want to subscribe to make sure that you’re getting all of those in your inbox and hit the bell that way you will be notified. I’ve got lots of good tips today and I have been keeping my jungles, my indoor and outdoor jungles looking so nice and lush and green, and with these tips you can do the exact same thing, but let me tell you, if you do not fertilize, you are not going to be rewarded with that nice green, lush growth. Your plants will slowly deteriorate and deteriorate, deteriorate. Your plants will deteriorate and you just, you really want that nice green, lush growth. You’re going to need to fertilize. The key question that I get asked all the time, it’s a two part question. One, should I fertilize and two, when. We already covered it, yes, you need to be fertilizing and here’s why. Your planys aren’t living in a jungle, so they’re not getting the plant matter and the leaves falling down and decomposing. They’re not getting worms crawling through an aerating and they’re not getting the animals dropping their things that they’re dropping to give your plants the nutrients that they need. So the nutrients come from you. So yes, please fertilize. Now when to fertilize is a little bit more of a complex answer, but I’ve got you. What is your biggest question about fertilization? Answer in the comments below and I’m hopefully going to get to those questions, but if I don’t, I will be sure to follow up with you , either in the comments or maybe in a separate video. The when part is a little bit less straightforward, but kind of the easy like across the board answer is this, you need to fertilize when your plants are growing. So if you’re seeing new shoots, if you’re seeing,, you know, baby new baby leaves, if you’re seeing buds forming, you definitely want to be fertilizing your plants because they are using those nutrients in the soil to grow that plant matter. So then we’re left with the next question, which is how often should I be fertilizing my plant? And the answer to that is, gonna depend on what kind of fertilizer you’re using. So let’s jump into that. Fertilizing schedules are going to depend on what kind of fertilizer that you are using, either granular or liquid. So if you’re going to be using a granular fertilizer, you’re going to be using this like every three months or so. Yeah, this one says up to three months, so every two or three months you’re going to be putting this in the soil and it’s just little pebbles. You’re just, let me see that. It’s just, you’re going to sprinkle this in and kind of work it into the top soil of your plants and then the water you water, it’s just going to slowly take up those nutrients that it’s releasing, this continuously releases. But, um, and as it degrades, so the water is going to take up those nutrients and give it to your plant. If you’re using liquid fertilizer, you are going to be using this. depending on what the recommendations, it can widely vary. But what I do is I heavily dilute the liquid fertilizer and I um, use it every single time that I water. Now you don’t have to do that. You can follow the recommendation. Um, and I think their dose says to go every two to four weeks, but I find it’s easier for me to dilute it and do it every time I water because it helps me keep track. I just fertilize every time instead of trying to keep track of who got fertilizer last and did I fertilize last time I watered. So it’s just a little bit more clear for me. But um, you’re going to be using this more often if you’re using liquid fertilizer. Now again, I’m going to say please read the labels because you can easily over fertilize your plants and burn the roots. So you just want to show caution and you know, read the labels. Always be informed. Like I said, I prefer to use a liquid fertilizer because it just, I feel a little bit more in control of how much fertilizer each plant is getting. If I feel like a plant is more an aggressive feeder, I can make it a little bit stronger or less of an aggressive feeder, maybe more tender roots. I can pull it back a little bit. So I just feel a little bit more in control with the liquid fertilizer. But if you are in the camp of like let’s set it and forget it for sure, do the granular, that’s totally fine as well. And in fact I kind of am thinking now of several plants that maybe I’ll just do that for them because it’s just with so many plants it might just be easier. So I need to think about that a little bit. I’ve just always been using liquid and so maybe I need to reevaluate now that I have some pebbles over there. pebbles. They’re not pebbles, it’s fertilizer. The next question is what kind should I get? And this is gonna come down to basically if you want to go more of an organic route or if you want to go a more synthetic route, they’re both going to be just fine for you. So whatever suits you best, I prefer to stick to a more organic style gardening as much as possible. I do have some non organic fertilizer too that I use for a couple of plants, but mostly I try to use organic and, I just, I just find that that works best for me. If you’re interested in seeing what I’m using currently, I do change it up a little bit here and there. But if you are curious of what I’m using, I am going to have those products listed in the description below. Pro tip though, if you are using organic fertilizers particularly, but you have got to watch the smell. So organic fertilizers are usually made up of organic compounds and what are they going to be using? They’re going to be using fish, they’re going to be using the manures, they’re going to be using other stinky, weird things. So if you are watering your indoor plants with organic fish emulsion or um, like compost or any of that kind of stuff, you just have to realize there could be a smell. The next question is a question I also get all the time and it’s a great question. What do those numbers mean on the side of the bag? Well, those numbers are basically telling you by ratio how much nitrogen, how much phosphorus, and how much potassium are in that fertilizer mix. Now plants need some 16 different nutrients to survive and thrive, but most arguably those are the top three. So that’s why you’ll see those, um, listed on the bag. And some plants have a higher need for let’s say, more nitrogen or more potassium. And so you’ll start seeing maybe a higher nitrogen level and a lower potassium level or whatever it is. Uh, there’s different types of fertilizers, different mixtures, which will provide your specific plant what it needs. If you aren’t sure what your plant needs or if you have just a million plants and you can’t accommodate, you know, some diva plant using a balanced fertilizer is going to be your best bet and balanced. I’m just mean that those numbers are similar or the same. So it’s a 10, 10, 10 or a one, one, one or a two to two. Um, with maybe a little bit of variant, but that’s basically going to be your best bet for just an all around safe general fertilizer. If you are interested in hearing more about what each of those nutrients do for your plant because I think it’s just really interesting a comment in the comments below and you know maybe we can have a side chat or we can maybe do another video about specifics of fertilizer and how to optimize fertilizer for your plants. Let me know. Okay, that was it. That’s it. That’s the basics of fertilizing. Here is a list of my tips and tricks for fertilizing. Feel free to screenshot that and share it. Just make sure that you tag me on social media and I just hope that that was really helpful for you. I feel like once you get fertilizing down, it feels very empowering knowing that you are feeding your plant and giving it its best life so that it’s going to reward you with its best growth and its most foliage or flowers or whatever you’re interested in growing. If you haven’t already head over to Instagram and follow me at Rosetta grows. I try to do some kind of more smaller videos on IGT TV and also do some tips and tricks in my feed and in my stories, which I do save in my highlights. So if you have missed any of that, go check it out and follow me over there. Thank you guys so much. This is so much fun for me and I hope that it’s fun for you and that you’re getting all the information that you need. If you’re not, let me know. Let me know how I can help you keep your plants alive. If you haven’t subscribed, please click over here on my face and check out the other videos in this series. I hope that they are helpful for you and I’m looking forward to next week because I am jumping into soil, which is just totally fascinating and exciting and kind of goes hand in hand with the fertilizing bit. So if you’ve got this down, see me next week on soil and I will see you then. Bye.

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