When I first started to really get into growing succulents I wondered about fertilizer, what should I use?, how much?, when? Well I read a lot of articles by a lot of different people and came to the conclusion that no one could agree.
SO I DID A BIT OF RESEARCH FOR MYSELF
Using the same plants, in the same soil, under the same conditions, I gave some fertilizer, some weak seaweed solution, and some nothing at all. Want to know what I found? Well the ones with fertilizer and the ones with nothing, did about the same. They looked the same, they were both healthy and they both flowered about the same. The fertilizer made no difference! But the ones with weak seaweed solution a few times a year did show a slight improvement. Mostly in that they seemed to flower a little better and a little longer.
SO WHAT DO I SAY TO PEOPLE NOW?
It is up to you, if it makes YOU feel better to give it to them then go ahead. However, I would suggest a weak solution (about half strength) of seaweed solution when you first water your cuttings, and then again when they are flowering. Apart from that simply water them only when they are dry, and leave them to it. They are hardy plants in general, and will adapt to your conditions.
SUCCULENTS - DO THEY NEED FERTILISER?
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25 April 2012
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