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A New Garden for Children and Pollinators

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It’s been an exciting few weeks here at Lutz Botanicals! We just finished up building a fully funded garden for the Hebrew School students of B’nai Tikvah Beth Israel in Sewell, NJ. Our goal for this project is to empower children with the knowledge of how to garden and grow their own food.

How We Did It

I volunteer with the Gloucester County Certified Gardeners. We help maintain various gardens and community projects here in the South Jersey area. With the help of the Certified Gardeners and Home Depot, we received donations for a fully built butterfly garden for the Hebrew School where I teach.

The initial plan for the garden design

Soon this new garden will be used as an outdoor classroom. The goal is to teach the students about wildlife, growing food, and how to help the environment. The space will also be used as a community gathering point where we can come together as a Synagogue. This is something that is becoming more important with the recent news abroad and locally.

Altogether, the planning and funding of the garden took a few months to come together. The build took 2 days, one for the building of the garden and one for the building of the stone patio.

Help from the Community

The majority of materials were donated by Home Depot, who also sent volunteers from the Washington Township store to help build the garden. Quikrete donated the pavers and helped us lay a 10×10 stone paver patio to be used as a seating area. Habitat for Humanity built us children’s sized picnic tables for the kids to enjoy. Scott’s Soil donated raised bed soil for us to grow in our 9 new garden beds. Ivy Plants donated seasonal mums for us to enjoy this winter.

Build day with the Home Depot team

The Gloucester County Certified Gardeners will be growing and donating a variety of native plants for us to use in the butterfly garden. In this section of the garden, we will plant all native plants to provide food for butterflies. We will be planting milkweed, goldenrod, asters and more. I also plan to plant some herbs, strawberries, and other easy crops for the students to enjoy harvesting.

This is the first large project that I have spearheaded and I am very excited and proud with how it turned out. I am excited to get planting in spring, and the students are already enjoying their new space!

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Burnout in the Garden

Spring crawls in from a winter cold, followed by the summer abundance of juicy tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers. But before you know it, it gets hot. Really hot. And following that heat is a feeling of garden burnout.

So, how do we manage that almost inevitable feeling of exhaustion that plagues us every August and September? Here are a few tips.

Pace Yourself

It may seem obvious, but pacing yourself is one of the best ways to avoid garden burnout. Slow and steady wins the race, as the tortoise showed us. But being slow and steady is a skill that takes time to develop.

When spring and summer finally hit, it’s hard to slow down. With the excitement that built up all winter and the warm sunshine on our faces, it just makes sense to sow as many seeds as possible. But then we have to make time to plant them all!

Set yourself up for success by only seeding what you know you can plant. Starting too many seeds too fast is a sure way to burn yourself out. Try to stagger your planting every week or two. This pacing gives you small tasks to do frequently, rather than one giant task to tackle all at once.

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Weed and Prune Regularly

This is one that I certainly struggle with myself. During a humid New Jersey heatwave, the last thing I want to do is weed the garden. But the overwhelming invasion of weeds in the late summer can be gut-wrenching.

A simple way to avoid this is to weed a little and often. If you set the goal of weeding the garden once a week, it is a sure way to prevent the feeling of helplessness. But it’s very important to set the intention of JUST weeding. That is to say, set aside a specific time slot in your week to scan and tackle weeds and nothing else. Try not to get distracted!


There have been too many times when I found myself in the garden at high noon under the baking sun. Each time I ask why I did this to myself. Getting your timing right takes a little intention and a lot of patience.

Plan your most laborious garden tasks for the early morning and evening. Weeding the landscape beds at 1 p.m. on a hot day feels very different than weeding them at 5 p.m. Try to set yourself up for success by being at the right place at the right time.

If you do have to go out during the hottest part of the day, dress for the occasion. There is a reason why people who work outside all day wear long sleeves, hats, and pants. It seems counterintuitive, but going out in direct sunlight wearing as little as possible is going to make you feel the heat a lot more than if you were properly dressed for it.

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Make a Plan

At the beginning of each season, write a list of goals you want to accomplish. Perhaps you want to try new varieties of tomatoes. Or try growing potatoes in bags or buckets. Take the time to write out these intentions.

I forget about something that I wanted to do more often than I’d like to admit. It’s easy to find yourself mid-summer remembering how you wanted to plant more pickling cucumbers this year, only to realize it’s too late in the season.

Try to make a plan for spring, summer, and fall. And once you write it make sure to go back and look at it! At the end of each season, write notes on what worked and what didn’t. That way you can go into the following year with a headstart.  

Avoiding burnout in the garden isn’t easy, and it won’t happen in a single season. Try to take things a little at a time, focusing on one part of the whole that you want to work on. Perhaps this is the year you weed regularly, or maybe you want to first try to work on your planning. And remember, pace yourself, weed regularly, work on your timing, and make a plan.

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Philodendron Spiritus Sancti Propogation

Since cutting my PSS back in March, it has been pushing flowers like crazy. I was very hesitant to cut the spiritus because I’ve heard so many things about how hard it is to propagate. Other than it being large and awkward to maneuver, it actually wasn’t that bad! I’m going to describe how I cut propagated my philodendron spiritus sancti in the hopes that it helps someone else.

The PSS before the cut

Initially, I planned on air layering the PSS. But every time I wrapped the aerial roots in sphagnum moss, the roots eventually rotted. I also tried placing small pots of potting mix next to the plant for the aerial roots to push growth into, but alas, that failed also.

Ultimately, I went with a lazier method. Any aerial roots that grew I pushed back into the plant’s pot. Some of them rooted, and some of them didn’t. I continued this process for a few months until one grew a decent root system.

The root mass before untangling

Once this root passed the “tug test,” I took the entire plant out of its pot to see what I was dealing with. I worked at untangling the root system to determine where I should take the cut. I wanted to make sure I left plenty of space above and below the cutting point – the nodes of the spiritus sancti are super close together. So I trimmed back some extra foliage to make it easier to work with.

Because of the aerial root placement, I decided to take a pretty large top cutting of about 12 leaves, which in retrospect was probably way too large but I didn’t want to risk a lesser root system. I took the cut and immediately potted it in a fresh chunky potting mix of coco coir, perlite, orchid bark, charcoal, and worm castings.

The aerial root mass after untangling

I propped the cutting up with bamboo stakes to prevent the stem cutting from making contact with the potting mix. I wanted to make sure to give this plant the best shot at preventing any rot from developing. Then I added some slow-release fertilizer and gave the plant a good soak.

The top cutting after the cut

After about a week or two the top cutting was off to the races and producing new foliage. I was worried about the root system not being large enough to support such a huge cutting but it went off without a hitch. I was worried about losing the entire plant during propagation but deciding to just go for it was a really good decision.

Since the cut, the top has pushed out multiple new leaves and 8 flowers. The flowers have been progressively opening and I am in the process of trying to pollinate it. The bottom cutting has pushed 2 new growth points – both of which are producing new foliage.

Below are some more photos of the new growth points and flowers. I hope this post helps someone else who wants to cut this gorgeous plant. Please reach out if you have any questions!

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Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Planning your vegetable garden can seem like a daunting task. What should you plant where? When should I start my seeds? How much sun do my veggies need? Vegetable gardening takes practice, but there are some basic tips to lay the foundation for a successful harvest.

Starting Your Seeds

If you want to start your vegetables from seeds, picking the right time to start them is key. Knowing your gardening zone is important.  Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to determine which plants can grow in your location and when you can plant them. For example, I garden in zone 7a in New Jersey, so our last frost is usually sometime in April (although the current climate has certainly messed with that a bit).

Figuring out when to start your seeds can be as simple as reading the seed packet. It may sound obvious, but so many people ask me questions that could be found right on the packet. The packet should say when to plant your seeds based on temperature. So if it has been a mild winter like we had this year, you can get away with starting things earlier.

If you opt to start your seeds inside under a grow light, then you can start them even sooner. For example, you could be starting your tomato seeds at the beginning of March inside your home. Then when things warm up in the summer, you can harden off your seedlings and get a head start on the season.

I start my seeds in a cold frame outside, but they can easily be started indoors in a sunny window, or under grow lights. Seeds started inside will have a jump start on the season and speed up your first harvest.

Planning Your Garden

Deciding what to plant where can be stressful. If you only have one vegetable bed, it’s important to try and optimize that space. If you plan to plant tomatoes, try planting some leafy greens early in the season. That way you can have a harvest of cooler crops like spinach, bok choy, or lettuce while you are waiting for the weather to warm up.

When planting, you also need to think about crop rotation. This means that you don’t want to plant the same type of vegetable in the same place each season. In a perfect world, you would plant legumes –>brassicas—>fruiting vegetables—>and then root vegetables.

Legumes are your beans and peas. They put nitrogen into the soil, which is why they make such a fabulous cover crop. Brassicas – spinach, kale, cauliflower, broccoli- always follow your legumes because they are heavy nitrogen feeders. Fruiting vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, and squash go next. And lastly, your root vegetables like carrots, onions, garlic, and beets because they are light feeders. Then you repeat the cycle and replenish the soil by planting legumes.

It might seem like a lot of hassle at first, but crop rotation is vital to healthy plants. For example, if you get onion worms one spring, they winter over in the soil. That means if you plant onions in that same bed next season, the worms will still be there waiting for their next oniony snack. I totally didn’t just make this mistake or anything…which is why I now write down what I plant in each bed.

I keep a journal of what I’ve planted where, so I don’t forget come next season. My notes are a bit of a mess!

Succession Sowing

This is something I am only finally getting the hang of. Last season I planted way too many tomato plants all at the same time. This resulted in a tomato explosion, and every person who came to my home left with giant bags of tomatoes. By planting a few and often, you can extend your harvest by weeks.

If you plant a row of spinach this week, plant another row in two weeks. When you finish harvesting your first row of spinach, your second row will follow it. If you follow this system with all of your vegetables, you will have a continuous harvest all season.

I harvest a few successions of radishes while I wait for my peas and beans to fill in and shade them out.


Utilizing the space in between your crops can easily more than double the size of your harvest. While you wait for your pole beans to grow, plant a few rows of radishes underneath them. You will harvest the radishes well before the climbing beans shade them out.

While you wait for your potatoes to start growing, plant a row of spinach or lettuce on their hills. You can enjoy a harvest or two before the potatoes eventually overtake the bed.

Onions can take months to grow. I’ve utilized the space between the rows by planting lettuce.

By combining the concepts of seed starting, crop rotation, succession planting, and interplanting, you will have a healthy and continuous harvest before you know it. I can’t believe how much of a difference interplanting and succession sowing has made in my garden. Seed starting is a process, not a one-time thing. I try to sow my next round of crops every 10-14 days. And so far this season we have been enjoying fresh-cooked meals every night!

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Gardening for Wildlife

When I first stuck my toe into the works of Douglas Tallamy, I immediately felt a burning urge to change everything about how my yard is landscaped. Why was so much of my garden stagnant and lifeless? I assumed that because my yard looked like everyone else’s, I must be doing something right. It wasn’t until I took a closer look at the wildlife in my own backyard that I realized how much of a difference I can make. It is a feeling that can be overwhelming at first, but ultimately leads to a sense of liberation and purpose.

While I wait for my morning tea to boil, my favorite thing to do is watch my bird bath. Standing from my kitchen window, I can watch a variety of bird and squirrel visitors enjoy a snack at the bird feeders and a drink. Some of the birds eat from the feeder perches, while others rummage and scratch around in the mulch. The squirrels act as amateur gymnasts, trying to grab on to anything they can so they can enjoy some black oil sunflower seeds.

Our bird bath outside the greenhouse in early spring

A year ago, this area of my yard didn’t exist, and I didn’t have this morning ritual with nature. While waiting for my morning tea or coffee, I was likely scrolling through one of my social media apps and paying no attention to what was outside of my window. In fact, these birds probably didn’t even know my yard existed.

It only took one reading of “Nature’s Best Hope” to inspire my husband and I to dig out some lawn and put in two new pollinator beds. We filled the beds with native asters, bee balm, rudbeckia, milkweed and a red maple tree. It quickly became my favorite part of the garden. I still needed to always have my phone with me, but now it was so I could take pictures of the weird insects and birds that I would spot. I downloaded the Picture Insect app so I could start identifying and tracking different species of butterflies – and the Merlin app for tracking species of birds.

A section of lawn before we put in the new pollinator beds

Any new visitor to the garden was suddenly the most exciting part of my day. We decided to expand our koi pond to allow for more wildlife by creating a bog area for frogs and dragonflies. We stopped fertilizing our lawn and spraying insecticides. We let the clovers come back, and happily seed with other species of micro clover.

Our primary business is growing and selling tropical houseplants. But I wanted to feel more connected to the natural world right outside my door. Of course, I still love houseplants and the joy they bring to my life inside. Especially during Covid when we were spending more time inside than ever, houseplants gave me a sense of purpose by taking care of something.  It is the act of growing and caring for things that makes me the happiest.

While we have a large greenhouse that is temperature controlled for our New Jersey climate, I try to offset its existence with an abundance of native species planted around it. I enjoy everything exotic, new, and collectable. But I also realize how much of a difference I can make to my local ecosystem by planting native in my own garden.

Ducks visiting our pond

It’s important that we try to give a portion of our yard back to nature, and to garden for the wildlife that surrounds us rather than trying to push it away. This year we’ve added an edible hedge of blueberries to share with the local birds. We’ve also added 2 even larger pollinator beds full of goldenrod, asters, milkweed and native grasses.

In our greenhouse we have been using beneficial insects to control aphids and spider mites. We have been releasing lacewing larvae and watching them hatch. I was especially delighted when a family of parasitic wasps moved in to help the battle against the aphids. Now I don’t spray in the greenhouse because I don’t want to hurt my population of beneficials. As time goes by, the population of aphids decreases, and a balance is restored.

Lacewings enjoying a snack

It’s exciting that my native plants outside of the tropical greenhouse have helped me with my houseplant growing. If we hadn’t planted those new pollinator beds, the parasitic wasps would not have found the greenhouse. And I’d still be spraying every other week with neem oil or insecticide. The more I develop my garden, the more I learn about the greenhouse, and vice versa.

As houseplant growers, we spend so much of our time trying to replicate nature. Whether it be with grow lights, fertilizer, insect control or humidity. It’s liberating to get outside and watch how nature just does it so easily.

I’ll be sharing more about my gardening journey soon, so stay tuned! If you have any questions on how to get started with creating a pollinator garden, or how to introduce beneficial insects to your greenhouse, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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How to Pollinate Anthuriums

Once you start collecting anthuriums you quickly begin to wonder how to pollinate them. By pollinating your own anthuriums, you can grow your collection and produce interesting hybrids. All of your pollinations probably won’t be successful, so don’t worry if you fail! The great thing about plants is that they are resilient and want to grow, so if you don’t succeed on your first try you will have many more chances.

I should probably start with a clarity statement that I am not using scientifically correct terms, but rather phrases like “rub them together” and “wait until it has little bumps.” I have gained my experience by trial and failure in my greenhouse, and these are the terms that work with my brain. With that said, let’s get to the facts!

Flowers and Inflorescences

Getting your anthuriums to flower might be one of the hardest steps of pollinating anthuriums. I find that they are more likely to “flower” or produce inflorescences, when they are slightly stressed. The temperature and humidity of our greenhouse fluctuates, and the plants really enjoy that change. It mimics the feeling of their natural habitat with warmer days and cooler nights.

When you are growing at home in a humidity tent or cabinet, it can be hard to replicate that temperature change. If you use heat mats or an external heater, try turning those off at night. Make sure to use a timer on your grow lights to create a light cycle. Use a fan to circulate fresh air constantly, it will help your plants grow stronger and healthier.

Once your anthurium flowers, you need to wait for it to open. It is super tempting to open it up manually, but don’t do it! Once it opens it is in its receptive phase, waiting for pollen. If you don’t have any pollen yet, don’t worry, you will soon! You will notice that it secretes a liquid and looks like it is sweaty. That is the inflorescence trying to find the pollen.

Collecting Pollen

When the receptive phase is over, the inflorescence will begin to produce pollen. The pollen will likely be an orange or yellow color and look like dust. You can collect the pollen with a paint or makeup brush into a small plastic container or piece of foil. I like to use small paint containers or the ziploc containers for salad dressings. If you don’t have a receptive flower yet for the pollen, you can store it in your freezer for a few weeks.

The easiest way to pollinate anthuriums is if you have two plants flowering at once, at different stages. Then you can simply rub them together, or even tie them together to pollinate on their own.

If you are using pollen that you previously collected, take a small brush or your fingers and rub the pollen on a receptive flower. You will know the flower is ready to pollinate when you see it producing liquid or sweating. Repeat this process for a few days.

Harvesting Berries

You will know your pollination was successful when the inflorescence begins to form little bumps, and becomes an infructescence!

These bumps will turn into berries. You will know the berries are ready to be harvested when they turn a juicy red or orange color and fall off easily. If you are worried about the berries falling off before you harvest them, try using organza bags to tie over them.

Once you have your anthurium berries, you simply “smush” them and out pop your seeds! If you are lucky, some of your berries will have more than one seed inside of them. I like to put the seeds in sphagnum moss inside of a humidity dome. I keep them moist, and not wet. I fertilize them every other week with fish fertilizer.

Before you know it your seeds will start sprouting! If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us via email or Instagram with any pics.

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The Importance of Native Plants

I’ve been doing a lot of research about native planting lately, and some of the facts that I’ve been learning are downright crazy. For example, if everyone converted half their lawn to native plants, we would create 20 MILLION acres of habitable space for native pollinators and animals. Over 70% of the forests on our eastern seaboard are gone as of 2006, and less than 5% of “wild” land is left in the United States (David Tallamy 2006). I am certainly no expert on this subject, but I’m on a personal journey to plant more native plants in my garden.

Adding native grasses and flowers to our front mulch beds

The best resource I’ve read so far about this is David Tallamy’s “Nature’s Best Hope.” It talks a lot about how we can repair some of the natural world in our own gardens by planting native plants. Apparently, plants that are non-native offer almost no benefits to native animals and pollinators. Their fruits are mostly filled with sugar instead of healthy fats, the leaves are not eaten by caterpillars, and birds don’t like to use them for nesting. I legitimately did not realize how much of a problem this was.

Certain plants are so invasive when they seed that they are wiping out natural varieties. Like certain non-native honey suckles, wisteria, and butterfly bushes. Now whenever I go to the garden center, I try to only buy native plants.

Removing turf grass in our lawn and replacing it with root mulch so we can plant more

We are currently in the process of transforming our own garden and lawn into a primarily native planting zone. And as it turns out, doing our part on our own properties actually makers a difference

Most of the land we encounter is privately owned. That means it’s really up to the owners to decide what to do with their gardens. There are apparently over 40 million acres of lawn in the lower 48 states, taking up about 2% of the entire available land (David Tallamy 2012). And when you think about how much of our environment is for agriculture, housing developments, and paved cities, the results become staggering.

Mulch beds we made just for pollinator plants

Long story short, it’s so important that we start being mindful of the plants that we grow in our own yards. Ever since I started planting more native pollinator plants, I’ve seen so many bees, bugs, birds, and butterflies. My yard is simply buzzing and it’s glorious.

Scattering wildflower seeds

I’m on a mission now to get rid of more turf grass, add more native pollinator plants, and stop using pesticides and fertilizers on my lawn. I will post updates on how it goes!

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Preparing Your Plants for Winter

If you’ve put together a large plant collection over the season, you may be wondering what to do with it in the winter. All of those trips to local garden centers, covering your porch and yard with beautiful tropical plants, and then suddenly, the first frost hits! Don’t panic. Here’s some tips to prepare your plants for winter.

Bring Your Plants In

When the first frost is near, it’s time to bring your plants in. We’ve all had those nights where we scramble to bring everything and anything inside, it’s simply part of the hobby. Try to designate an area to over-winter your plants. A spare bedroom or even a garage can work. You just want to make sure your plants aren’t experiencing freezing temperatures.

Cover Your Garden

If you have a veggie garden, mulching or covering your crops can go a long way. Mulching helps keeping the root ball from freezing, and also prevents weeds from stealing precious nutrients. If you still have some late summer crops that can handle a frost, cover them up with extra sheets or a blanket. Plants like broccoli like a little frost, so don’t concern yourself too much with the cole crops. I primarily focus on covering any lingering tomato and bean plants from the summer.

I like to use a mix of garden compost and Garden Straw to mulch my garden. You can also use landscape mulch or wood chips. If you do choose straw, make sure to use one without seeds!

Set up Grow Lights

If you are bringing in a large amount of tropical plants from outdoors, setting up grow lights is a great place to start. It’s important to minimize the shock of moving plants. And since these guys have been experiencing awesome summer sunlight, bringing in some supplemental lighting is a great way to ease the transition.

I am a big fan of Soltech Solutions grow lights, because they look good on display. I’ve also had good luck with MarsHydro lights.

Use a Portable Heater

Have an outdoor greenhouse? Try a portable electric heater. They can end up being costly to run, but saving your entire plant collection can be worth it. I ran a gas line and installed a heater in my hoop house. But on frosty nights, I often run an externsion chord to my Palram Greenhouse and set up a portable electric heater. If you can keep the greenhouse at a solid 50 degrees, and avoid any drafts, you are good to go.

If this is your first time wintering plants, don’t stress! Just make sure to cut back a bit on watering and fertilizing. Plants like to rest during the winter, and they likely won’t push out a huge amount of growth. As long as you keep them warm and happy, your collection will be fine.

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A Variegated Gloriosum is Breaking the Internet

UPDATE: Since originally writing this post there has been a lot of clarification. Kaylee Ellen purchased the plant from the Aroid show and Enid was looking after it for her until she got back to the states to transport it. It was confirmed that the false bids were entirely due to people trolling the auction, i.e. making fake accounts and driving the price up to ridiculous amounts.

So, I’m assuming some people have been following the auction today of the Variegated Gloriosum. From what started as a usual auction quickly became one of the most ridiculous plant auctions ever.


It started as a regular auction with no reserve price. It’s a very rare plant that literally no one has, so I was not surprised to see it quickly hit 15k two days before the auction even ended. But then things started getting weird…The price flew up to 200k in an instant, and then back down to 40k. So I assumed it was just trolls bidding. Then the price raised back up to well over $340,000. What the heck is going on?

So far the listing has been taken down, over a day before the auction was scheduled to end. I have yet to see any statement about it either. But people are quick to talk about it on Facebook.

Bids from the NSE website

Some are claiming that the entire auction was a publicity stunt. Others are claiming that the plant is a tissue culture and shouldn’t even be going for this much. While others are wondering where this mysterious plant even came from.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time trolls ruined an auction. But this price point is crazy.

Bids from the NSE website

It’s no secret that the plant came from the Youtuber Kaylee Ellen, and is now in the watchful hands of Enid over at NSE Tropicals. The auction was advertised as such. So why are people so curious about where Kaylee got it from?

Bids from the NSE website

So is the plant that rare? I definitely haven’t seen them in many personal collections. I haven’t seen any at all. But then again, there are apparently secretive private collections that we just don’t know about. Or at least, that’s what people on Instagram are saying.

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How to Fertilize Your Houseplants

When I first started collecting plants, I certainly was not thinking of all of the maintenance tasks I’d have to start doing. The biggest and scariest one for me was fertilizing.

There are just so many fertilizing options out there. Not only that, but there are soil conditioners, foliar sprays, root hormones, and pretty much every chemical you can think of to stimulate growth. So which one was I supposed to use and how often?

If you’ve looked at fertilizer, you’ve probably seen the letters NPK. NPK stands for Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). So what do these things do? Nitrogen helps the leaves of a plant grow and is responsible for making plants greener. Phosphorus helps root growth, flowering, and fruiting. And Potassium helps with the overall health of the plant, helping prevent disease and strengthening the durability of the plant.

Your plants crave Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These last three come from the soil, so the health of your potting mix is vital for the health of your plants. Different fertilizers offer varying ratios of these nutrients. And you are going to need a different percentage depending on what you are growing.

For this blog, we are going to focus on houseplants. You’ve probably seen advertisements for soil conditioners like Superthrive, Liquidirt, and Noot. These are actually soil vitamin supplements and not fertilizers.

Soil conditioners alone are insufficient for a complete fertilizing regimen. That’s not to say that these products aren’t great. For reviving stressed plants or rooting cuttings, they can be awesome. But for a complete food source for your plants, they are just not enough.

For my personal collection and for the plants that I grow for sale, I use a mixture of long-term release fertilizer, fish fertilizer, and worm castings in my potting mix.

For a long-term release fertilizer, I use Tezula’s Nutricote time-release fertilizer. I like this option because it is something that is always in the soil of my plants. Every time you water, a little bit of the nutrients dissolves into the soil—an excellent option for those of us that tend to forget to fertilize regularly.

During the growing season, I supplement the long-term-release granules with fish fertilizer. I use Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fish Fertilizer. Be warned that it can be a bit stinky if you apply it inside, but it is SO WORTH IT. My plants absolutely love it, and it comes with easy directions to follow.

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In my potting mix, I use a mixture of worm castings to build my soil. I like the Wiggle Worm brand. For those that don’t know, worm castings is worm poop! I highly recommend adding some to your potting mix whenever you repot a houseplant.

Here is my fertilizer routine: I use fish fertilizer every two weeks. Each of my plants is topped with the nutricote slow release fertilizer, and my potting mix includes worm castings.

I would recommend figuring out a regimen that works for you and sticking to it. One of the most important parts about growing plants is soil health. Finding the right balance between overfeeding and underfeeding is key!

Feel free to reach out with any questions. We love getting your plant questions.

If you are looking for a full rundown of how fertilizer works, I highly recommend Summer Rayne Oakes’ video Houseplant 101: Complete Guide to Fertilizing Houseplants.