Plant Food for Blooms

Overview

Organic plant food enhances bloom production on flower plants. Plants need nutrients and minerals to create flowers. Some flowers need more compost fertilizer to bloom well. They're called "heavy feeders." Flowers grown organically have a smaller carbon footprint on our planet's ecology because they do not use petroleum-based products. Insects can destroy flowers, but these pests can be controlled with natural sprays and beneficial insects. Pesticides and insecticides used on flowers harm all life around them.

Flower Development

Flowers are the reproductive mechanism of the plant. Seeds develop in the flower. Germination of seeds starts the new life cycle of the plant. Flower blooming is regulated by light and temperature. Flowers that bloom at a particular time, such as iris in the spring, are responding to day-length. Exposure to light causes flowers to bloom. Many perennial flowers bloom in response to temperature. Tulip bulbs need a cold winter or time in the refrigerator to bloom successfully.

Rose Bloom Care

The basis for good rose blooms is good organic, nutrient-rich soil. Good soil grows healthy plants, which produce blooms and resist insect infestation. Add organic compost when you plant, and also as a side dressing when needed. Compost creates microbial activity in the soil, which is food for the plant. It becomes an integral part of the root system, constantly releasing nutrient-rich food to the plant. No special "bloom food" products are needed because of this.

Annual Bloom Care

Annuals are flowers that grow, bloom and die in one season. These include marigolds, zinnias, bachelor's button and many types of begonias. Annuals bloom in full sun or semi-shade. They are vigorous bloomers that require good soil nutrition. Add compost to the flower bed before you plant annual seeds. Compost provides a slow release of nutrients into the root system, which encourages frequent flowering.

Perennial Bloom Care

Perennials are plants that live more than two years. Some die back in the winter and return the next season. Pansies, delphinium, lantana and sweet alyssum are some examples. They are lower maintenance and more tolerant to diverse growing conditions than many flowers. Spread a layer of compost over your perennial plants after the last spring frost. This feeds the developing plants and encourages good blooming.

Bulb Bloom Care

Bulbs bloom in fertile soil that drains well. Give bulbs adequate growing space to produce good flowers. A sunny location is also important. Plant the bulbs with organic compost mixtures that are slightly acidic. Increase acidity in compost by adding coffee grounds. Organic compost is humus-rich, which creates a light and crumbly soil that bulbs do well in.

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About this Author

Joan Norton, M.A., is a licensed psychotherapist and professional writer in the field of women's spirituality. She blogs and has two published books on the subject of Mary Magdalene; "14 Steps To Awaken The Sacred Feminine:Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene," and "The Mary Magdalene Within."