Production of healthy plants will be possible if you remember the following tips:
- Most gardens prefer a pH value of 7 or just below neutral. The young leaves will be yellow if the pH is too high. Give dolomitic lime if the pH is too low and lime sulphur if the pH is too high.
- Phosphate is needed for good flower development. Phosphate is not soluble and the best is to fork it deep into the soil before planting.
- Flowering plants need potassium for the production of thick stems and big flowers.
- Nitrogen is needed for vigorous growth and a healthy and glossy appearance of the leaves.
- Plants need during the vegetative growth stage more nitrogen and less potassium. During flowering or fruit bearing periods plants need more potassium and less nitrogen.
- Flowers need calcium for a good vase life and to make the plants more resistant to diseases.
- Magnesium is needed for a glossy appearance of the older leaves.
- Your garden needs compost to improve the physical characteristics of the soil and also to supply the plants with the trace elements. It is however important to use good quality compost.
- Never apply fertilizers on a dry soil and always irrigate immediately after the application of granular fertilizers.