Everyone needs a boost sometimes, even your plant babies! You already know your plant's favourite lighting, watering and pruning schedule but have you thought about its vitamins and nutrients intake? Plant food is a great way to help your plant grow strong, with more zest for life! There are three common ways to give your plant its much needed nutrients. Here are some tips on choosing the best booster for your plant.
Misting with plant food is a great way to give your indoor jungle an extra boost! Our favourite misters are seaweed tonic based. Misting is a great way to recreate a tropic humid jungle environment in your own home. Plants intake small amounts of water through cells on their leaves. Although most plants have this ability not all plants like to receive water this way. Plants from dry environments have adapted to hold more water in their leaves to help them survive. If you mist plants that hold water in their leaves (such as cactuses or succulents) it can cause burning or bubbling damage on the leaves (especially if placed in direct sun).
It helps to research your plant's natural environment first so you can recreate this in your home, this will help your plant babies not only survive but thrive! We recommend misting once or twice a week with water. We have a range of ready-made plant food misters by KiwiCare or you could buy one of our Amber Spray Bottles and create your own mix. Add your plant food to your mister with the recommended amount of the product and follow instructions on how often to use it. It can be very tempting to give them some extra food but overfeeding a plant can lead to burning and plant damage - so attention to instruction is key!
NPK Liquids Food is a great way to give your plant an instant boost! You can add a pump into your water can or a small pump to your misting bottle. We like to think of liquid plant food as a cup of coffee for your plant. One cup of coffee is great. With two cups you might start to feel a little shaky. Three, four or five cups of coffee and you can burnt out! This is the same for plants with NPK liquid foods. One cup and your plant is looking great. Its' leaves and stems are firm and upright. Two cups your plant is still looking super happy on the outside but below some of your roots have started to burn. Three, four, five cups and all of a sudden your plant looks a little dishevelled.
In correct doses, liquid food is a great way to give your plants that extra boost we all need (think one cup of coffee = great start to any morning!) A major benefit of Liquid food is that you can buy a range of liquids with specific NPK ratios perfect for your choice of plant. Instantly give your plant baby its perfect dose of nutrients! (see our Instagram Tips Tuesday Post to learn more about NPK ratios). Extra tip- Don't give coffee to babies.... or cuttings.
Good quality soil can make all the difference in your plant's health. Adding organic matter is a great way of giving your plant the natural nutrients it needs to thrive. Compost is a great source of nutrients. Organic medium such as compost tends to have six to twelve months' worth of nutrients for your plant. It is best to refresh your soil yearly or when repotting seasonally. The trick is to get the balance right for your plant's needs. It's best to learn your indoor plant's watering needs first to then better understand what type of soil to use. Most indoor plants don't like to sit in water and prefer a well-draining mix over a moisture-retaining mix (unless it's a fern or forest-dwelling plant). To create a well-draining mix you need to add inorganic mediums to your mix. Our favourite product to add to create this free-draining medium is perlite. We recommend equal parts potting mix, compost and perlite (1:1:1)
We hope this helps you get ready for fresh spring growth! If you have any more nutrients/plant food questions please email email@example.com