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Timing is Everything!

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Fertilizing at the right time can be critical to stimulating plant growth or disastrous if done at the wrong time. I have probably killed more plants, unintentionally, from fertilizing than any other way. My mistake has almost always been putting the wrong fertilizer on my containers too late in the growing season. Slow release fertilizers are wonderful when used properly but if they are applied on a crop too late in the season they will not run out before going into polyhouses for the winter. This will often result in a buildup of salts in the media and will kill the roots of the plants. You can kill alot of plants this way. I know. I’ve done it. You have to pay attention to the timing of when you apply fertilizers and how long they will last. Again, timing is critical.


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