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We recommend a balanced
fertilizer. So what does this mean?
A balanced fertilizer contains equal parts of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash.
Typically you will see three numbers on the front of a fertilizer label, for example 20-20-20
These numbers, also known as N-P-K, represent Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P), and Potash (K).
A simpler way of looking at it is to think of the numbers as a percent. A “20-20-20” fertilizer is the rough
equivalent of saying that the fertilizer is 20% Nitrogen, 20% Phosphate, and 20% Potash.
Nitrogen: The key function of Nitrogen is to help your African Violet grow.
Phosphate: Aids in maintaining a strong, healthy root system. Phosphate also plays an important role
in producing blooms.
Potash: There are many important functions of Potash, two of which are allowing for easier water
uptake and helping to synthesis plant carbohydrates for feeding purposes. Potash also plays a role in
helping your African Violet fight off potential diseases.
Nitrogen Deficiency: If the leaves of your African Violet are smaller than you are used to and/or the
leaves of your African Violet are turning a pale/yellowish color along their edges, there is a good chance
your African Violet is not getting its required amount of nitrogen.
Phosphate Deficiency: If your plant is not producing blooms despite the fact that it gets plenty of
indirect sunlight, there is a good chance your African Violet is not getting its required dose of Phosphate.
Be sure to check that your African Violet isn’t overpotted as well. Overpotting is when we pot a plant in
too large of a container, causing it to grow in sub-optimal conditions. A phosphate deficiency can lead to
your African Violet not blooming as expected, or even at all.
Potash Deficiency: Whitening/Yellowing of leaves, brown leaf tips, and smaller blooms than normal can
all be attributed to a potash (potassium) deficiency.
Feeding your African Violet is a simple, surefire way to instantly become a more successful grower. Take the
time to try it out, your plant will reward you a thousand times over with more vibrant, healthy growth.
“This fall I religiously followed your advice, creating an environment of shortened
days and lower temps in order to encourage blooming...I was successful. FINALLY!! Thank you, thank you!!
Both of my plants decided to bloom and they look beautiful. I wanted to share the good news and
my gratitude with you. Thanks again!”Laurie J.
“The potting medium you sent is gorgeous!! It's superior to the bark I've been
buying at Lowe's. I can't imagine what (my orchids) will do when I put them in your potting mix. It even
smells fresh!! Many, many thanks. I'll be ordering from you again.”
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