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Posted: Oct 21, 2011 5:03:35 am

There are many types of fertilizers and different brands.
But which one do you use? Regardles of what brand you go with you will need to know what the 3 numbers on any ferilizer bags mean? (N-P-K)
Example: (24-4-11)
The three numbers represent different percentages of minerals

Nitrogen - phosphorus - potassium

What does N-P-K stand for?

N = Nitrogen Nitrogen is the first major element responsible for the vegetative growth of plants above ground. With a good supply, plants grow sturdily and mature rapidly, with rich, dark green foliage.

P = Phosphorus
The second major element in plant nutrition, phosphorus is essential for healthy growth, strong roots, fruit and flower development, and greater resistance to disease.

K = Potassium (Potash) The third major plant nutrient, potassium oxide is essential for the development of strong plants. It helps plants to resist diseases, protects them from the cold and protects during dry weather by preventing excessive water loss.

In your case, the middle number is high - this will be good if you are trying to get a lot of flowers or fruits from a plant.

If you need more information you can visit your nearest supply store or landscape store, or call your local gardner


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