Feeding Your Plants
Just like people, plants have their own particular requirements and feeding your plants is no difference. It
is not the best policy to assume they all need the same feeding.
Some plants need a lot of attention whereas others require very little. You can actually harm the growth of your
plants by over feeding your plants. Once again there needs
to be balance in the garden.
If you feed your plants too much fertilizer that is high in nitrogen you might get a lot more foliage but a
reduction in the fruit or flowers that the plant will produce.
This is because the plants will be using that nitrogen as energy to grow faster rather than produce more
fruit or flowers. Plants are always giving us signs of their food requirements or if they have been
They will wilt, or they might change color, or their leaves might curl up and drop off.
If there is something wrong with a plants nutrition it can often be seen quite easily. It is
just a matter of reading these signs and knowing what is going on.
As all plants are different, to fully understand the requirements of the particular plants or trees that you are
growing you need to get information specific to those plants.
If you find signs of stress in your plants you should take samples to the local
nurseries of the leaves and any abnormalities that you might notice in the soil.
There might be signs of mold in the soil, which could suggest too much water, and the roots of your plants might
If the leaves of your plants are turning yellow on the other hand they might be suffering from a shortage of
The three most important elements in the soil of plants are nitrogen; for the promotion of leaf
and stem growth. Phosphorus; for the root growth and Potassium; which helps in the growth of flowers and
If you find there are any deficiencies in these areas then additional nutrients will need to be added to the