Fertilizers are to be used correctly or ignored completely. There can be no use without mastery, and the first of these masteries is therefore the knowledge of “why”.
We explain everything about fertilizers in this article.
Does fertilizer make plants grow faster?
When you have small plants in pots, there are different ways to make them grow faster. One of them is to force the growth by using chemical fertilizers, but this method is harmful for the environment, the human being and for the plant itself. Indeed, these products are dangerous, they force the plant to grow but afterwards, it is more likely to perish than if it had had a normal growth.
To sum up, yes, fertilizer makes plants grow faster if it is used correctly, but at the expense of the environment, since it is a chemical product.
How to make plants grow faster naturally?
A garden filled with beautiful plants is always a delight, especially when the warm weather arrives and you start enjoying the outdoors. When you start your garden, as well as after several years, when you plant new species, you want to see them grow as quickly as possible. Here are some tips that can help you.
Give your plants space
The secret to growing a plant quickly is to give it room to grow as it pleases. For outdoor plants, make sure you have enough depth in your yard for the roots to grow. Roots are proportional to size, so if you want a large plant, allow it to create long roots.
For houseplants, repot them in a larger container than the ones you bought them in: happy to have more space, they will thank you by growing faster.
Stimulate your newcomers with their elders. Place your new shrub or young flower near a mature plant. The oxygen produced by a mature plant is more important and stimulates its growth considerably.
Plants need good nutrition
Plants feed on light. Don’t forget to place your young plant under a light source, especially during the first days. Generally speaking, 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness allow plants to grow very quickly.
Think about the soil! Avoid chemical fertilizers that pollute the environment, and opt for lemon juice. Mixed with soil, lemon juice is a natural fertilizer that accelerates the growth of your young plants. You can use this trick in the vegetable garden as well as in the ornamental garden.
Feeding the plants
Plants thrive on light, which is why it is important to allow them to grow in full sunlight. Plant nutrition is of primary importance to their growth. Just like us, they need the right ingredients in the right doses to stay healthy. First of all, choose natural fertilizers that will maintain the fertility of the garden:
- Simple fertilizers: made from a single organic raw material (horn or blood), they provide nitrogen to plants;
- Complete fertilizers: made from several organic materials, they bring nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus to the soil as well as important trace elements.
To fertilize the earth, it is advisable to respect the rhythm of the plant as well as the dosages and periods of fertilization. You can use them as well in the ground, in your vegetable garden or your plantations, as in pot to bring a little greenery to your summer kitchen or your living room low of garden.
Use green fertilizers
What is the difference between a green fertilizer and a natural fertilizer?
A natural fertilizer is a plant-based preparation that is then spread on crops. This type of natural input is used to punctually fertilize the soil, to increase the root growth of vegetable plants or to boost the growth and ripening of fruits and vegetables.
Why use a green fertilizer?
Not only will knowing about green fertilizers and using them in the vegetable garden allow the gardener to save money (no need to buy products), but they will also give him the opportunity to encourage living things and make it a beautiful showcase for biodiversity. Green fertilizers :
Green fertilizers allow first and foremost and for the most part to produce “free” nitrogen which is essential to plant growth and a real challenge for all crops. Indeed, some plants have an incredibly efficient capacity to capture nitrogen from the air and fix it in their leaves and stems. Once incorporated into the soil, they fertilize it!
Produce organic matter
But green fertilizers also bring organic matter to your soil as you would with a natural fertilizer such as compost, knowing that coupling the two is particularly effective. Leaves, stems, but also roots are indeed decomposed by a whole battery of micro-organisms which transform this organic matter into humus quite simply magic for the cultures.
The cultivation of green fertilizers also has a side effect on the presence of insects, whether they are pests, pollinators or crop helpers. Increasing the diversity of insects as well as the plants they feed on inevitably serves your crops (more food for pollinators, a “diversion” for pests, a place to live and more food for beneficials).
Structure the soil
Every plant has a root system. These can have interesting characteristics depending on the soil. Indeed, when some roots are relatively big, they will favor the action of earthworms, others will sink deeply into the soil and will loosen it, thus favoring the root growth of the following plants. Green fertilizers are particularly effective in working clayey or heavy soils.
Protects the soil
Finally, green fertilizers avoid leaving bare soil, as in nature, where there is only one type of bare soil: deserts. Erosion and therefore soil impoverishment are greatly reduced and soil life (micro-organisms as well as microbes) is stimulated throughout the year.
The risk of swarming (a major drawback)
Like all plants, green fertilizers will bloom and produce seeds in order to multiply. Some of them, such as Phacelia, can become invasive as they reseed themselves.
It is therefore important to cut your green fertilizer before it produces seeds.