Winter is coming, Fertilizing plants during the winter months
Should I fertilize my plants during the winter?
Fertilizing plants during the winter months has been a hot topic for a while so let's talk about it 🧐
Fertilizing in the winter is completely fine but there is a proper way to do it so you don’t burn your plants. 🔥
Do plants stop growing during winter months?
It’s definitely a myth that plants stop growing during the winter time. Our homes provide a pretty solid environment (temp, humidity) for plants during the winter months, but the reduced hours of sunlight and intensity are what really slow down growth.
Fertilizing houseplants during the winter months
If you plan on using a liquid fertilizer of any kind whether synthetic or natural cut the dilution ratio by a quarter. This will make sure that you don’t get nutrient burn because plants just don’t need the same amount of nutrient during this time.
The best way to fertilize during the winter months is to add a slow release fertilizer that contains organic matter or minerals. Bios is perfect for this but so are things like worm castings, rock phosphate, cottonseed meal, kelp meal, etc. – Anything that will break down slowly and add to the composition of soil so that your plants get a head start when spring hits.
Load up the soil with microbes during this time with something like Plant Probiotics. Microbes will culture the roots of your plants, and work together to give them all the nutrients they need ONLY when the plant asks for it. This means no burning and continued growth throughout the winter months.