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How to save Over-fertilized House Plants

How to save Over-fertilized House Plants

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For many of us the understanding is- fertilizer equals to nutrients, which equals to growth. Which is true, but you could be doing more harm than good if you’re improperly fertilizing your house plants.

Generally we recommend that you do not fertilize during winter/cold season and only fertilize during spring when our House plants are in active growing mode. How often to fertilize will vary according to the product, some fertilizers recommend every 2 weeks and some recommend once every few months- we would recommend that you follow the instructions on the label but also keep a log on how your house plants are responding to the fertilizer. 

 

Signs of
Over-fertilization

Some signs that you might be over-fertilizing are yellowing boards on leaves (Aka fertilizer burn), stunted growth or white salt build-up on the soil. These damages might sound cosmetic but the problem goes deeper, right down to the roots to cause reverse-osmosis. Fertilizers are packed with the good stuff but they are also full of different types of salts, and as we all know, too much salt build-up can actually suck away the nutrients from your plant’s roots. A process referred to as reverse-osmosis.

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