Fertilizers

Plants can be fertilized enough to make them respond and grow well within a temperature range of 60-90°F (15-32°C), reasonable humidity, adequate sunshine, and moderate wind.

Be sparing with fertilizer the first month after transplanting. Depending upon the fertilizer, application could be as often as every watering or as seldom as every week or two.

If fertilizing with every watering, you may need to dilute the food to half-strength or less until you figure out the proper dosage.

Fertilize with a mild, soluble flowering solution for germination and seedling growth, Change to a high-nitrogen formula during the vegetative stage and back to a "super-bloom" when the long nights induce flowering.

Use granular concentrated fertilizers or organic fertilizers that are lightweight and not bulky to transport and store.

Build organic soils using different natural substances. Always use the most readily available form of the element. See Chapter Eleven, "Water and Nutrients," for complete information on fertilizers.

For more complete information about soil, see Soil Science Simplified, by Helmut Kohnke and D. P. Franzmeier, Waveland Press, 4th edition.

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