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  • Succulent Fertilizers

    Created by KP Devlin on


    My collection of house plants is 99% succulents, and I was thinking I’d like to switch to an organic fertilizer for succulents. I’ve been using a MetaNaturals fertilizer, which I used back when I had a lot more non-succulent plants. Can you offer any insight or advice?

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    Eric Vinje


    A good fertilizer for succulents and cactus would be any balanced nitrogen – phosphorous – potassium ratio at 1/4 strength. Typically this means diluting a 10-10-10 fertilizer to 2.5-2.5-2.5 or something close. In other words, if you have a 10-10-10 fertilizer and the directions say to mix 1 Tablespoon of fertilizer into one gallon of water, you would only mix in 1/4 Tablespoon of that same fertilizer into a gallon of water.

    You will want to apply this fertilizer just as you would if you were simply watering your plants, and you can do so anytime they require moisture. Remember however, that when they are dormant (typically late fall to early spring), they can not be fertilized. Only supply your succulents with water during these months – even as little as once a month. When succulents and cactus are not growing they do not need excess nutrients and the decrease in light and temperature also reduces their need for water.

    To simplify the dilution requirement, we carry a fertilizer that you could apply at full strength as well as one that could just be cut in half. Links to both below:

    ​3-3-3: use at full strength ​https://www.planetnatural.com/product/dr-earth-liquid-solution/​ ​
    4-4-4: use at half strength https://www.planetnatural.com/product/premium-gold-fertilizer/

    Good luck!

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