The Problem with Houseplant Fertilizers

The Problem with Houseplant Fertilizers

When it comes to houseplant fertilizer, it can be tough to know what to look for. There are so many products out there, each promising to help your plants grow bigger, faster, and stronger. But not all fertilizers are created equal, and some can actually do some harm rather than good.

SUMMARY: 4 minute read
  1. Incomplete nutrition
  2. Unstable trace minerals
  3. Poor value
  4. Ineffective or unpredictable

Top 4 Problems with Common Houseplant Fertilizers

Houseplant care and plant nutrition can be a complicated business to understand. But don't worry, we're hear to help...

4 problems with houseplant fertilizers

Here are the top four problems with typical fertilizers - and how Bless Your Soil® addresses them all:

PROBLEM #1 : Incomplete nutrition

NPK (Macronutrition)

Want to grow some weakling plants? Pick up a package or bottle of the ever-present NPK fertilizer. Most fertilizers focus on this simple essential formula of NPK formula (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) - the big three macronutrients that plants need in large quantities. Tablet fertilizers, plant food spikes, and liquid plant foods are notorious for this simple combo. Their low price or offer of convenience can be a tempting feature for many a plant parent (and some aren't even that affordable).

Avoid Urea

While urea-sourced nitrogen serves well in some areas of gardening, it's not recommended for houseplants. Make sure your fertilizer isn't using urea as the primary source of nitrogen – in fact, zero urea is best for houseplants. Urea-based fertilizers can lead to excessive growth, weak plants, and increased vulnerability to pests and diseases. They have the potential to burn plant roots if not properly diluted or applied. Instead, opt for other sources of nitrogen when applying to houseplants.

Lack of Trace Minerals (Micronutrition)

Fact is, plants need other essential micronutrients, too, such as magnesium, iron, boron, copper, etc. Without these vital elements, plants can become stressed, stunted, and more susceptible to pests and diseases. Make sure your houseplant fertilizer is beefed up with plenty of these little goodies for your leafy babies.

Plants need more than a simple NPK to stay healthy. They need a complete spectrum of minerals and vitamins, too.
Related: Demystifying the NPK ratio

Sidenote About Organic Materials

Organic fertilizers and earthworm castings may seem like a better option, but they also have some limitations, and wouldn't be recommended as a stand alone fertilizer. Although they have their uses, it's important to weigh the pros and cons before relying on them entirely for your plant care, especially in a home setting.

Lack of Vitamins

Plants require vitamins for their overall health and well-being. Vitamins play a crucial role in supporting various plant functions, including stress tolerance, growth, and metabolic processes. These essential nutrients can be obtained through supplements or natural sources such as organic materials like sea kelp or plant extracts. By addressing their vitamin needs, we can nurture healthier and more resilient plants, promoting optimal growth and vitality.

SOLUTION #1 : Complete nutrition

Bless Your Soil® hybrid formulas offer a unique combination of macro minerals, trace minerals, and naturally occurring plant vitamins and hormones that cater to the needs of the entire plant, without any drawbacks. These specialized formulas provide a comprehensive range of nutrients and compounds to support healthy plant growth and development.

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PROBLEM #2 : Unstable trace minerals 

Even many so-called "complete" fertilizers make the mistake of providing micronutrients in their plain, un-chelated form. This is a most common problem as these minerals can become unstable in various circumstances leading to nutrient deficiencies, stunted growth, and even a toxic soil environment over time.

You may be wondering, why do fertilizer makers use these forms of micronutrients? The answer is because they are much cheaper to produce. It's seems likely that the plant problems they cause won't show up for a while... and by that time, you're probably blaming something else for the issues ( i.e. soil, poor watering, etc.).

SOLUTION #2 : Organically-Bonded Trace Minerals

Bless Your Soil®'s micronutrients are produced with a unique organic-bonding process (chelate) that keeps them stable and available to your plants, even in challenging soil conditions or variations in water hardness.

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PROBLEM #3 : Poor Value

Manufacturers can sell poor value fertilizers because let's be real, most people aren't plant or chemistry experts. Take liquid fertilizers, for instance. They're super convenient, but did you know they're often mostly water? That means you're basically paying for a lot of extra weight to be shipped around. Plus, they can still have the same issues we talked about earlier - lacking important minerals and nutrients. And don't even get us started on tablet fertilizers. They might seem great, but they usually come in tiny packages with only a few tablets and have the same problems. It's a bit of a rip off, if you ask us.

SOLUTION #3 : Dry Powder Concentrated Fertilizers

Bless Your Soil® offers a solution with its concentrated, dry formulas, which provide excellent value by offering multiple uses, ease of transport, and storage without any risk of contamination or spoilage. Each pouch is capable of treating dozens and dozens of gallons of water. Additionally, our formulas are versatile enough to be used for foliar feeding as well as soil application.

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Problem #4 : Low Effectiveness or Unpredictable

Among the low effective and unpredictable fertilizers include slow-release, fully organic, and plant food spikes. They often release nutrients too slowly or inconsistently to bring maximum effect. The results can be unpredictable or even harmful to root systems. And since they're often made with synthetic materials, they can be harmful to the environment or your pets or "little hands" in the home. Risky!

SOLUTION #4 : Instant Feed, Water-Soluble

Bless Your Soil® fertilizers provide an instant feed direct to the soil, roots, and leaves, so your plants get the nutrients they need right away with predictability—GUARANTEED. And our gentle formulas won't burn or damage delicate plant roots, or be tempting to pets or children. 

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Bless Your Soil® plant food fertilizers combines the best of science and nature and come with a "new leaf" guarantee.

So, what are the best fertilizers for houseplants?

So if you're looking for a fertilizer that truly delivers, look no further than Bless Your Soil®. Our complete and balanced hybrid formulas bring the best of science and nature to your houseplants and gardens. We've consciously formulated our products to provide all the nutrients (vitamins and minerals) your plants need to grow strong and healthy, without any of the downsides of typical fertilizers. 

Houseplant Fertilizer Checklist

Item Value
Full spectrum of minerals Look for a fertilizer that provides a comprehensive range of essential minerals, including urea-free nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and other trace elements. [check ]
Supplemental vitamins or phyto-vitamins Consider fertilizers that offer additional water-soluble vitamins or naturally-occurring vitamins derived from organic sources like sea kelp and yucca extract, which can enhance plant growth and vitality.
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Stabilized organically bonded trace minerals Opt for fertilizers that contain stabilized trace minerals, such as EDTA or "chelates," ensuring the availability and uptake of micronutrients by plants.
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Dry formula with seal Choose a fertilizer in a dry form, typically packaged with a seal, ensuring long-term stability, preventing spoilage, and allowing for easy storage and transportation.
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Good value Compare the percentages of nutrients and evaluate the number of uses per package to determine the cost-effectiveness and value of the fertilizer.
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Bless Your Soil's® fertilizers are not only great for traditional soil-based houseplants but also for hydroponic setups and propagations. They are perfect for foliar feeding as well. This means that you can spray the nutrients directly onto the leaves of your plants, allowing them to absorb the nutrients more quickly and efficiently.

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So why wait? Give your plants the nutrition they deserve with Bless Your Soil®.

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