Bamboo Plant Food
I want to help you understand what bamboo plant food to look for whenever it comes time to fertilizer your plant. I will give you some time frames when fertilizing works the best, and help you understand what fertilizer really is.
So to understand why fertilizer encourages bamboo growth, you will need to know what the plant food is actually supplying your bamboo.
Bamboo needs many elements to thrive, such as, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
Those elements are found in the air the plant breathes and the water that is drinks.
Then there are more very important nutrients, often referred to as macronutrients that can be harder for your plant to come by.
These are, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These elements contain amino acids that are vital to the growth of bamboo plants.
There are also secondary nutrients that are not as dire as the macronutrients, these are called secondary nutrients and are, sulfur, calcium and magnesium. They are still important to your plants overall health, but these are usually available in the ground around the plant, and do not encourage the same type of rapid growth as the macronutrients do.
Finally there are the micronutrients - cobalt, copper, iron, molybdenum, boron, manganese, and zinc.
Once again these are not as important as macronutrients but they do help stabilize your plants metabolism, which will help with your plants growth.
Out of all of these nutrients that help bamboo grow, nitrogen is the most important.
So whenever you are planting bamboo or are just caring for one that is already in the ground, make sure that you get some fertilizer that has a high percentage of nitrogen.
You will want to fertilize give your bamboo plant food that is higher in nitrogen in the summer time.
Then lower the amount of nitrogen in the following season. Whenever winter time comes, you will want to avoid fertilizing your plant at all.
It is very crucial that you give your bamboo fertilizer whenever it is still developing. This will insure the proper rate of growth and increase the amount of foliage that you see. Fertilization after it has developed will help keep your plant alive and thriving, but it is not as important as when the plant is first growing.
When you are dealing with something smaller, like a lucky bamboo plant, there are special liquid fertilizers that are made especially for that plant. You simply add that to your plants water whenever you see fit, like if the plant is looking weak in the leaves. You may not want to feed it too much though, because you will want to keep your indoor bamboo smaller and more manageable.
So remember to give your bamboo plant food whenever you are first growing it to ensure the ultimate growth out of your plant. Healthy growing habits, and root development will set your tree up for success even when the weather turns sour.
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