Natural Plant Food: Foliar Feeding
Fertilizing your indoor plants is a vital step in plant care because it guarantees that they get the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy over time.
While most people think of indoor liquid fertilizers to use in the soil, what many don’t know is that your plant can also actually consume food through its leaves, or foliage. This is known as foliar feeding, and it is a great addition to your plant care regimen.
Here’s a quick primer on foliar feeding, the most mild (and enjoyable!) technique of nourishing your plants.
Plant Food Through Foliage
It would be understandable to assume that by applying foliar feed only to a plant’s leaves, you would be nourishing its leaves exclusively. But this is not the case! The natural, caring plant food you apply to your plant’s leaves spreads throughout the plant, improving its health from root to leaf.
That makes sense: your plant’s leaves perform the majority of the photosynthetic effort. They capture more light than any other part of your plant, and contain the most chlorophyll to absorb it (you can think of chlorophyll as the “net” that captures rays of light and converts them into the sugary carbohydrates that make every part of your plant grow).
Stems and branches photosynthesize as well, although to a lower extent since they have less chlorophyll. While utilizing foliar feed, it is recommended to concentrate on the leaves of your plant.
How to Apply Foliar Feed
One of the great benefits of foliar feed is that, unlike regular liquid fertilizer, it is gentle enough to apply across all of the year’s seasons. Conventional fertilizers, such as Boost Vitaminé are often administered just once every several weeks throughout the spring and summer, and foliar feed may be used in conjunction with them.
Our natural foliar feed, Potion Magique , in a spray bottle or mister, should be diluted with water. The recipe asks for three drops of Potion Magique diluted in eight ounces of water. The spray container or mister should then be softly shook to blend the chemicals. After combined, spray the mixture straight into the leaves of your plant and you’re done! You do not need to wipe the mixture from the leaves of your plant. Just let it do its thing and enjoy the results.
Our new collection of plant care essentials, L’Alchimie Botanique , consists of a few high-quality goods that we know our consumers would like. From two varieties of plant food (liquid fertilizers) to our organic, olive oil based black soap, L’Alchimie Botanique has all the plant elixirs you crave– but none has been more hotly anticipated than Potion Magique , our brand-new foliar feed. This gentle indoor plant fertilizer was designed to provide your plant with health-boosting nutrients all year round, and as the name implies, its results are truly magical! But if you don’t spend your time in deep studies of recreational horticulture, you may be at a loss as to what “Foliar Feed” really means. We understand!
Can I spray liquid fertilizer on plant leaves?
Any of the liquid fertilizers (or teas) mentioned in Using Home-grown Fertilizer can be used as a spray. But, you must strain them gently to prevent clogging the spray nozzle.
Can any liquid fertilizer be used as foliar spray?
Types of Foliar Spraying Mixtures
Water-soluble powder or liquid fertilizers are often employed. If you buy fertilizer, be sure it comes with foliar application instructions. Foliar sprays are often less concentrated than soil-applied fertilizers.
What happens if fertilizer gets on leaves?
Fertilizer-burn on plants
This is the sign of fertilizer burn in plants even before visible signs like discoloration and wilting occur. Also, the darkening begins at the leaf’s border and progresses inside. Foliage growth will now come to a standstill, and growth will be inhibited.