How to Fertilize Container Plants


Fertilizers are needed in keeping the soil able to nourish your plants, thus are always part of your gardening essentials. Fertilizing is critical in maintaining the level of organic matter in the soil, from where your plants grow, which cannot go too low on the nutrients.

Incorporating fertilizers in non-container gardening is usually done when tilling the soil. This is done in anticipation of the soil’s depleting organic material, as the more voracious plants consume its supply. This is not exactly needed in container gardening, as the fertilizer may be built into the soil from the start. However, for heavy-feeding plants like squash and certain tomatoes, supplemental fertilizers are still needed.


Although different vegetable types require varied fertilization requirements, you may apply the following basic guidelines to most of the veggies you would like to grow in your containers. But first, prepare your bucket, potting soil, slow-release fertilizer, and water-soluble fertilizer.

First, fill your chosen container with the appropriate soil, after which, pour a small amount of water – just enough to allow moisture after mixing it with your hands. Next, measure half a tablespoon of a balanced fertilizer that is labeled slow-release, and incorporate it to the soil, per gallon. Mix the proportion of fertilizer to the soil until evenly distributed. Next, fill the containers with the mixture before transplanting the vegetables into the filled pots.

Halfway during the growing season, you may apply soluble fertilizer, which you diluted in water, while carefully following instructions on its label. You may do this for the remaining period of the growing season, by watering the plants with the solution every one or two weeks.

Another thing to consider in fertilizing is the need for developing vegetable plants to be grown organically, that is, with the supplementation of organic fertilizers. The other good things about organic fertilizing are that they could be cheap and that they have long-term and stable effects on the soil, as opposed to the synthetic type of fertilizers. Such steady longer effects make it even more suitable for container gardening, as you will not likely have to till the soil as you are to do that in-ground gardening.

Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening
  1. The Benefits of Container Gardening
  2. How To Start a Container Garden
  3. Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Container Gardening
  4. How to Fertilize Container Plants
  5. Tips for planting a container garden
  6. What plants grow best in containers?
  7. Container Gardening - Top Tips for Success 

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