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Use Different Fertilizers for Different Plants – Fact or Fiction?

We get lots of phone calls from customers asking about fertilizers. Here are a trio that surface again and again, identified as Fact or Fiction.


African violets do not need special African violet fertilizer. Just fertilize them sparingly with a high quality fertilizer.

Fiction – Orchids and African violets are very delicate. For healthiest growth, you must use a special fertilizer for these plants.

Fact – It is not necessary to use a special fertilizer for orchids or African violets. It is, however, easy to over fertilize these plants. We recommend fertilizing them less frequently. (And that saves time, too!)


Fiction – Farmers use a different fertilizer for each crop that they grow.

Fact – Farmers do not use a different fertilizer for each crop that they grow and it’s their job to grow profitably. If it was necessary to have a barn filled with crop-specific fertilizers, they would.


Fiction – You cannot use the same fertilizer on both  flowers and vegetables.

Fact – You do not need to use a rose fertilizer for roses, a tomato fertilizer for tomatoes and yet another for your houseplants. You can use the same fertilizer for all of your plants.


Red chili peppers and red geraniums will both be happy with the same fertilizer if it’s made from quality ingredients.

Although you do not need a different fertilizer for different plants, you do need to remember that all fertilizers are not created equal. Some contain additional nutrients that are required by plants and some use higher quality ingredients than others. Our all natural, organic fertilizer, Bill’s Perfect Fertilizer will do the job for any plant in any garden.

So remember, the next time you shop for fertilizer – think quality instead of quantity!

10/22/2013    Fertilizing: Feed Me