You may be asking, “is it really necessary to fertilize my plants? They are alive, and seem to be growing well, so do I really have to spend more money on a product that may not be necessary?”
I definitely asked myself these questions when I started my endeavors as a plant mom, and it took some convincing, but after realizing some of the benefits and the true importance of plant fertilizers, I will never deprive my plants of their much needed nutrients again.
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So, why is it so important to fertilize your plants?
While your plants will be strong and healthy when you first take them home, they may begin to struggle in the weeks to come. Some of this can be due to a variety of factors, such as the plant acclimating to a different environment, and you getting to know your new plant and its needs. Under this stressful circumstance, your plant needs all the nutrients it can get. And where does it get these nutrients from?? The dirt!! However, there are only so many nutrients that the small amount of soil in your pot can contain, and as much as I would like to be able to tell you that we have invented a self-replenishing soil, we just aren’t quite there yet.
That being said, your plant will make a quick meal our of all the nutrients the soil had to offer. When this happens, it isn’t the end of the world. Your plant will not shrivel up and die, however it al