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Making Fertilizer Work for Your Plants

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 Whether you are an EcoQube Air owner or have your own little backyard garden, we want to offer you valuable support, so we are sharing with you our top fertilizer recommendation and an overview of the multiple fertilizer options you have.

Our top fertilizer recommendation:

RAW GROW from NPK Industries

We recommend this fertilizer because it:

  • Is one of the few organic fertilizers(this lessens the environmental pollution)
  • Dissolves in water
  • Contains essential supplements
  • Is an all in one solution
  • Was tried and tested with the EcoQube Air

For more information, please visit NPK Industries site: http://npk-industries.com/grow.html

What is a fertilizer? 

A fertilizer is referred to as any material of natural or manufactured origin which when applied to soils or to plant tissues (generally, leaves) supply one or more plant supplements essentials to the development of plants. Fertilizer enhances plant growth.

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Innovation in fertilizers began to occur as the chemical needs of developing plants were found. Present day manufactured fertilizers are made mostly out of phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium mixtures with optional supplements included. The utilization of synthetic fertilizers has altogether enhanced the quality and amount of the nourishment and food available today, in spite of the fact that their long-term use is bantered by environmentalists.

Fertilizers are a crucial to growing plants, providing extra nutrients to trees, herbs, vegetables, flowers, and shrubs. There are a few approaches to classifying fertilizers, with the most fundamental being organic or inorganic.

The essential parts in fertilizers are supplements which are important for the growth of the plant. Plants make use of nitrogen in the synthesis of proteins, hormones, and nucleic acids.

 

 

NOTE: please only use water soluble fertilizers for your EcoQube Air as other fertilizers will have residues that permanently damage it.

Types of Fertilizers

Soil alterations are made by the addition of fertilizers to the soil. However, there exist different types of fertilizers. An example of natural fertilizers includes animal excrement, cow dung, bone meal, bat guano, green manure crops and organic compost. Asides these, there are some other chemical fertilizer which is made using different combinations of chemical nutrients at a specified quantity.

The distinctive types of chemical fertilizers are usually classified by three vital elements. They include Phosphorous (P), Nitrogen (N), and Potassium (K).

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  • Organic Fertilizer

Organic Fertilizer consists of natural wastes such as animal excrement, cow dung, bone meal, bat guano, green manure crops and organic compost, wood ash, peat moss, and compost. These are general soil changes. One favorable advantage of utilizing organic fertilizers as a compost is that it won't poison pets or burn plants, i.e. little or no adverse effect. No specific routine is required before application. The nutrients are released slowly. They possess long-term beneficial outcomes on the soil without any negative effect on groundwater.

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  • Inorganic Fertilizer

Inorganic fertilizers are principally gotten from chemical compounds, either mineral or manufactured. They normally come as pellets, powder, granules or even as a fluid. Most inorganic fertilizers are based on the composition of phosphorous, nitrogen, and potassium. Different chemicals which may be incorporated into inorganic fertilizers include sulphur, calcium, zinc, iron, and magnesium.

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A. Nitrogen-Based Fertilizer

    Nitrogenous fertilizers are fertilizers that contain plant and by-products of the animal. Examples of these by-products are oil cakes, dried blood, and even fish manure.

    Nitrogen assumes an indispensable role in the process of protein formation in plants. It bolsters general plant growth and the improvement of health leaves. Nitrogen fertilizers are one of the well-recognized classifications of fertilizers obtained from the mixture of nitrogenous substances.

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    B. Phosphorus-Based Fertilizer

      Phosphorous assists in the development of root and flower. It also helps to increase growth rate. It is used by plants as a means of storing and transferring energy. Steamed bone meal can be one of the common sources of phosphorus. When you make use of this kind of organic fertilizer, you will find out that the plans are well fed, and they turn out good.

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      C. Potassium-Based Fertilizer

      Potatoes, fruit trees, and chilies require a potassium-releasing fertilizer. However, try as much as possible that there exist a form of deficiency in potassium before applying this type of fertilizer. Muriate of potash and sulfate of potash are readily dissolved into your soil.  This treatment will be well appreciated the more by sandy soil. It helps to improve the appearance and quality of the crops.

      NOTE: Do not use this for your EcoQube Air. 

      We hope you have learned tons about fertilizers, whether you choose to use it for your EcoQube Air or other purposes!


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