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Showing posts with label fertilizer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fertilizer. Show all posts

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers Nov. 15/ 13

Friday is a BIG day for us here at Tootsie Time…(ok, just me…there is no one else here…lol)  It’s a big deal because it means it’s PARTY TIME!!!!

Fertilizer Friday is the day of the week than an ELITE group of gardeners from all around the world get together, snap photos, link up and Flaunt Their Flowers!!!

If you are new to Tootsie Time and Fertilizer Friday, I just know you are asking yourself…”How do I join?”

Well…it’s easy really. Here’s all you need to know to become a part of this great group of gardeners, bloggers and friends:

If it is spring or summer where you live, you need to snap a few photos of what you have growing, blooming or just love to look at that is of the plant variety…if it is winter where you live, you may post past favorite photos…or indoor plants…whatever you like.

The only criteria is that it is a plant or something growing!

You do not need to use fertilizer to participate in this party, but if you do, this is the reminder to fertilize weekly!

All I ask is that: Your post must include the logo above and/or a link to Tootsie Time, or the linky will be deleted

I would like to invite each and every one of you to join in and share your photos...

Well…we had snow…and we had a little cool weather…and now…it’s been raining here for the last 3 days!   There is nothing but ice all over the place.   The snow is still hanging in there…and I must admit if I had to choose between the freezing rain and a little snow shoveling, I would absolutely choose snow.

I don’t have anything good to share from the outside today, so I am going to share some of my newest additions to my ever growing plant collection today!

Not so long ago, I was walking through the grocery store and to my absolute delight I happened upon a display of succulents!  

In and amongst the many varieties there were for sale, was one that I have been looking to add to my plant hoard for years!
YAY!   I finally got myself a string of beads plant!  It isn’t the biggest…or even the bushiest…but it is one that I have wanted for a long long time!   I hope I can get it to grow and thrive for me!

 Next up… is a group of plants I didn’t even know I wanted until I found them!  
They are called Tillandsia cyanea.  They are a species of flowering air plant in the bromeliad family, native to the rainforests of Ecuador.  At first when I saw them in the store, I thought they were fake!   They do not feel like any other live plant I have ever ever had before!  

They are a very neat little addition to my collection and I am hoping that I don’t kill them, or that my cats don’t snack on them!   I am going to try to figure out a way that I can have them in the bathroom…as they don’t really like to be watered, but misted.   I was thinking that the steam from the shower should be plenty of moisture for them and they would add a little life to the bathroom!   (hey…a plant lover NEEDS plants in EVERY room…even the washroom!)
I love the bloom on them…they are super neat!

I am excited to have a couple of unusual and new plants to play with! 

That concludes my flaunt for this week…I can’t wait to find some time to sneak around and see what all of you have to share!

What are you waiting for???


Get your flaunt on!!!

You can link as many posts as you like…I don’t mind seeing lots!!!

Thank you all so much for all the wonderful comments  this week... and WELCOME to all my new followers…and to those that loyally follow me and faithfully link in to this party…AND who are patient while waiting for me to FINALLY visit you…


I appreciate you more than you know.

Stay tuned Sunday/Monday for the next installment of “The 108 Year Old House” There is a LOT to share!
  If you missed some…you can find the links to chapter 1, 2,3,4, 5, and 6 and a post about a piece of furniture I made just for the place… by clicking on their numbers!

Until Next Time... Happy Gardening!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

When Their Roots Are Growling….FEED THEM!!! Plant’s Get Hungry Too!!!

A quick tip for fertilizing/ feeding your plants... do it first thing in the morning. Plants are waking up and getting their juices flowing...they will benefit the most from a morning feed.  After all...don't they say "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?"
Loads of questions have been coming my way about Fertilizing and feeding ... I thought I would take that as a hint to post and share with you some of the things I know about the topic...
It is possible to simply stick your plants into the soil and walk away. Watering alone will help keep them alive, but if you want to see them THRIVE…give them a kick in the roots and add a little fertilizer or organic plant food to your regimen. Fertilizer/ plant food gives your plants the added nutrients that your soil may be missing . These nutrients help keep them strong and healthy, and loaded with blooms.
Chemical Fertilizer is made up of three primary ingredients:   Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium . These will be listed on the label of the fertilizer in number.
Nitrogen (N) will always be the first number.
Phosphorus (P) is the middle number, and
Potassium (K) will follow up last.
If your label reads 26-13-0 that means that you have 26% Nitrogen, 13% Phosphorus and 0% Potassium.
Each element in the fertilizer recipe accomplishes a different task.
Nitrogen helps the leaves and stems grow and stay green.
Phosphorus aids in healthy root growth, flowering, and fruit/seed production.
Finally Potassium helps the plants stay healthy and resist disease. It also helps to keep the actions of the first two ingredients in balance.
When purchasing a fertilizer/ plant food you will need to consider a couple of things:
How often you want to apply the product, and what you are looking to accomplish with the product are the best questions to ask yourself.
The specific rules of fertilizing/ feeding are different for each brand, or plant, but in general you should follow a couple of simple guidelines. NEVER fertilize/ feed a seriously dry (to the point of wilted or collapsed) plant. Pre- water the plant to allow the roots to be ready to absorb the food and then apply the fertilizer treatment.
When watering newly seeded plants, it is best not to water with fertilizer or plant food at the first sign of germination. It is best to wait until the plant has it’s second set of true leaves. The sprout that first pushes out of the soil is very tender and may be burned by the fertilizer of any kind. At this point, the soil should have enough nutrients to sustain life for a few days or weeks until more foliage develops.
More is NOT better when fertilizing/ feeding your plants. It is possible to burn the leaves and roots of a plant by over-fertilizing/ feeding.


If I had to choose, I would choose to err on the side of caution and add a little bit less than to risk adding too much. It is best to feed during daylight hours.   Watering at night leaves us open to a host of issues with moisture and and rot, and problems. (a whole other post in itself)


In the past, I have tried the fertilizer sticks that you add to the side of the soil in potted plants. I have not found them to benefit my houseplants in any way. In fact, a few months after inserting them into the soil, they were in exactly the same condition as the very first day! My plants seemed to take no benefit from this form of feeding.   I have tried many different types of organic and chemical fertilizers in the past.   I think it depends on personal preference and availability as to what will work best.   

I have not touched on the different types of fertilizers/foods today,  but will say that there are MANY different brands and techniques.  I did not want to focus on specifics as I do not endorse any particular brand or type of feeding.   I also did not want to cause a huge fight…there are a lot of people who have very strong feelings about fertilizing/ feeding of any kind.   For some this is a very HOT topic.   I choose to keep my preferences to myself…and not dredge up any drama!  I really love ALL my followers, and do not want to offend anyone!
I will say that I am quite intrigued with the latest trend in organic/natural feeding products that are out there, and have been trying a few of them on my houseplants.


In the case of my gardens…I would love if any of you have any ideas how I can use some of the organic type of plant foods to feed them…I have a LOT of watering to do…and I don’t want to spend the entire day watering with a watering can…I need to use the garden hose to do this…and would love some advice on using one of the sprayers to feed organically!

Water with warm water! Watering with cold water will shock the roots of your plants and stop them growing until they recover. Just think of it as bathing yourself in a pool of ice water…how long does it take you to warm back up?

Well…that’s all I that I know about Fertilizing and/or Feeding the plants!  

Until Next Time…Happy Gardening!
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All of my house and garden plants are planted in Sunshine potting mediums.