Best Plant Food
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Are your succulents looking a little under the weather despite the great care you provide them with? Maybe they just need a little boost in nutrients. While your plants may be getting most of the nutrients they need for healthy growth from their soil, many plants can benefit from the additional minerals provided by fertilizer.
It’s important to use the right kind of plant food for your succulents and cacti. Using the wrong fertilizer can result in burned or even dead plants. Here are a few of the best succulent plant foods available on Amazon.
Grow More Cactus Juice
Cactus Juice is designed to be diluted in water at a rate of about one teaspoon of plant food per gallon of water. It should be applied to the soil as a drench, so once diluted you can simply water your plants as usual with the solution.
This liquid fertilizer has a nitrogen phosphorus potassium ratio of 1-7-6 and a calcium content of about 1%. It contains the ideal amount of nutrients for most species of succulents and cacti.
Although you should feed your plants only as frequently as they need it, Cactus Juice is safe to feed as frequently as every two weeks during the growing season.
Perfect Plants Succulent Fertilizer
To use, simply sprinkle the pellets evenly across the soil around your plants. If you’re repotting your succulents or cacti, you can also mix the pellets evenly into the soil before planting. Whichever method you use, be sure to water thoroughly afterward to release the nutrients into the soil.
The recommended usage for Perfect Plant’s fertilizer is ¼ teaspoon per two inches of pot diameter. For instance, if your succulents are planted in an 8-inch diameter pot, you’ll need a full teaspoon of plant food.
This fertilizer is a slow-release type of plant food, so you only need to feed your plants about every six months. The manufacturer suggests that the bag contains enough fertilizer to feed a single plant for up to five years, so it’s definitely a budget-friendly plant food.
The nitrogen phosphorus potassium ratio of Perfect Plant’s pellets is 13-11-11.
Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food
This foam-like plant food can either be applied directly to your succulent soil or diluted with water. Yes, this plant food comes out of the bottle in the form of foam but dissolves quickly in either soil or water. The manufacturer recommends using two pumps for small pots and two pumps for pots over six inches in diameter.
If you plan on diluting this plant food, it’s recommended to use eight pumps of plant food for every quart of water. You can then water your plants as you normally would.
The fertilizer analysis of Miracle-Gro’s succulent fertilizer reveals a 0.5-1-1 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Miracle-Gro Succulent Plant Food is not a slow-release formula and can safely be used as frequently as every two weeks during the growing season. It instantly goes to work delivering much-needed nutrients to your plants, so you’ll need to reapply as often as your plants need it.
Earth Pods Organic Cactus and Succulent Fertilizer
To use, you simply press the capsules into your succulent soil near the base of the plant. You can also take the capsules apart and sprinkle the contents around the soil if you want, but the capsules are biodegradable so it’s not necessary.
Earth Pods suggests using 1-2 capsules for small plants, 2-4 capsules for medium plants and up to 8 capsules for large plants. Each recyclable container contains 100 capsules, which is enough to feed a single plant for up to six years.
The fertilizer analysis of Earth Pods reveals an NPK ratio of .2 -.2-.4. In addition to essential minerals and nutrients, Earth Pods fertilizer capsules also contain humic and fulvic acids and soil microbes to help create an ideal soil environment for your plants to thrive.
Aquatic Arts Succulent Fertilizer
Aquatic Arts Succulent Fertilizer has an NPK ratio of 3-1-2.
As a liquid plant food, this fertilizer must be diluted in water at a rate of one teaspoon of plant food per two cups of water. To make measuring even easier, the cap of the bottle can hold exactly one teaspoon of liquid. The entire bottle should be enough to last a single plant six months to one year.
The manufacturer suggests feeding your succulents as often as you water. The product is designed to be gentle on plants, with no risk of burning, so it can be used frequently without worry.
It should be noted that no matter how gentle a product is, it’s not recommended to pour any fertilizer on the leaves or stems of your succulents and cacti. They can’t absorb the nutrients there anyway, so it’s not worth the risk of burning your plant.
As always, you should research each species of succulent you bring home to ensure that you’re providing it with the right nutrients and frequency of feeding.