Whether you’re setting up to grow your first ever tomato plants or looking to make your established garden grow a little more lush and green, one of the easiest ways to benefit your plants is the use of a foliar spray fertilizer, it’s becoming the spray of the future you know!
There are seemingly countless options when it comes to choosing which spray is the right one to use on your garden, but there are some key things you should keep in mind:
Nontoxic all day long! – Especially when it comes to produce-bearing plants or cannabis, if it’s not safe for you, animals or the environment, it’s probably not the best idea to spray it on your plants.
Good for plants, good for nature – Plants treated with a high quality, nutrient and mineral rich fertilizer generally require less water and grow thicker, healthier stems.
Easy Peasy – It shouldn’t be complicated to feed your plants something really healthy in the right ratio.
Particle Size – The smaller the particle size, the easier it will penetrate the leaf.
With any foliar spray, there are basic tips and tricks to keep in mind as you incorporate spray fertilizer into your garden. While high quality products are easy to use, the more closely you keep to a regimen that’s as optimal and simple as possible, the more your plants will benefit. Even for the more experienced gardener or grower, it’s ideal to start with the basics, and adjust to what works for the plants in your garden. To help ensure your plants are getting the most out of your foliar feeding, we’ve created an easy to follow guide for both newbie and veteran growers alike.
Follow the product ratio guide
- Always mix your foliar spray according to the guide printed on the bottle. If the fertilizer is too concentrated, the thing that should help them could be too strong and lead to nutrient burn and other issues. If you would rather err on the side of caution, add a little more water to over dilute the solution and adjust from there (high quality sprays will not take much solution)
Spray both sides of your plants leaves
- By ensuring your plants have a light, even coating, you’re allowing the nutrients to absorb evenly and thoroughly where your plant benefits the most. If the fertilizer drips off of the leaves, you’ve sprayed too much. Light and easy does it!
- To prevent nutrient burn or overloading plants with too much of a good thing, apply once per week. All plants are different, with different needs, but taking care not to feed to often is a general rule of thumb.
It’s best to spray feed in the morning
- Or, if you’re growing inside under lights, spray feed your green friends before the light cycle begins. By not spraying when the lights or sun are at their peak, you’re ensuring your plant doesn’t get scorched by the amplified light through the spray on the leaves.
It’s important to watch your plants closely as you begin foliar feeding. Especially for plants like cannabis, where there may already be a higher humidity level in an indoor grow setup, the water in the foliar fertilizer may increase it above ideal or acceptable levels, hindering flower development or leading to mildew issues in extreme cases. Every plant is different, and it’s crucial that you’re mindful of any fluctuations or changes that could impact how the foliar spray benefits your garden.
TIP: Document your process by taking photos. It will give you a great point of reference to go back to so you can see where improvements were made, what worked best and perhaps what didn’t.
If you’re really ready to take your garden of choice to the next level of green and health, it’s time to take the leap into foliar feeding. The quality of the product you use will impact the quality of the plant, fruit or flower produced.
What to look for when choosing a foliar spray:
- Application – once a week is good
- Value for money – have you chosen a product that can be safely used on everything from fruit, to flowers to weed to vegetables?
If you’re already giving your plants fertilizer through the soil, you’ve given them a good foundation, and while some people may consider it an unnecessary step, the added, simple process of foliar feeding gives your plants a direct, healthy dose of the nutrients, especially micronutrients, it needs most to grow stronger and healthier. When done patiently and in the right way, using a foliar spray is one of the quickest ways to boost your garden’s plant yield, and gives your plants a natural boost to their own defense against the stressors around them. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re more experienced, the key to a thriving, lush garden of healthy plants is simpler than you think. Take your garden or grow to a whole new level by trying something new with a foliar spray, and see the difference it makes in just a matter of days.