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How Does Fertilizer Help Plants Grow?

Fertilizer Benefits

Adding fertilizer at the initial planting and during the growing season ensures your plant will receive all the essential nutrients it needs for proper growth. In order to supplement your plant's life during growing season, a slow-release fertilizer may be added at the initial planting. Adding fertilizer to your plants will not only ensure the plants receives the proper amount of supplemental food, it also ensures lush growth and beautiful flowers depending on the type of plant.

How Fertilizer is Absorbed

A plant can take in fertilizer through the soil by the root system, or through the leaves during foliar feeding. It is best to add a slow-release fertilizer during the initial planting. Slow-release fertilizer has an internal timing system that only allows a certain amount of fertilizer chemicals to be absorbed at one time.

Types of Fertilizer

Fertilizer can be organic and non-organic. Organic fertilizer is usually composed of natural compounds such as compost. Compost not only improves the soil's fertility, it also promotes root growth in all plant systems. Plants are also more resistant to disease when using natural fertilizers like compost. Using compost as fertilizer for your plants in a inexpensive way to fertilize your plants because the compost is primarily composed of elements that can be found easily around your home, such as kitchen refuse, grass clippings and hay or straw.
Non-organic fertilizer, or chemical fertilizer, is manufactured by chemical companies where the company mixes elements in varied amounts to produce certain types for certain plants. You can get fertilizing results as fast as 1 to 2 weeks. Non-organic fertilizer also comes in many forms like pellets, granules, or a liquid-base that can be attached to a hose and sprayed. Whether you decide to use organic or non-organic fertilizer, adding fertilizer will improve root systems and ensure your plant will have lush growth. Be careful not to over-fertilize or you could end up with 10-foot-tall roses.

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