Liquid chemical fertilizers have a number of benefits for soil, plants and users. These products are easy to apply and provide quick results. More than just bottles of specified plant food, liquid fertilizers also balance the chemicals that naturally occur in soil and create an ideal growing environment for plants.
Liquid fertilizers are easy to apply at varied stages of plant growth. They can encourage seeds to sprout and take root and later help the development of fruit and flowers. If a plant needs to be transplanted, apply liquid fertilizer directly to the root to encourage the plant to settle into its new home.
When using irrigation solutions like in a drip system, liquid fertilizer is an ideal companion. Drip irrigation relies on specialized hoses that allow water to seep out into the soil at the base of a plant, where it is most needed. By adding the liquid fertilizers at the source of the water supply, each plant receives equal fertilization. Once the fertilizer is used up, the container can be removed from the supply until it is time to fertilize again.
Healthy Root Systems
Plants benefit almost instantly from properly applied liquid chemical fertilizers. In fact, the benefit to plant root development is so well documented that many farmers use liquid fertilizer when planting crops to help seeds germinate and establish strong root systems.
While nitrogen levels are important in soil, too much or too little nitrogen can kill a plant. To provide overall health, liquid chemical fertilizers are designed to promote overall fertilizer pH. Ideally, soil should have a pH ranging between 5 and 7 and a liquid fertilizer can aid the balancing of pH levels. When exposed to these ideally balanced pH levels, seeds and young plants will put out strong, healthy root systems that keep the plant fed and provide strength against wind and stormy weather.
Potassium for Plant Health
Potassium fertilizer is proven to cause plants to mature more quickly, improve the overall quality of a plant and even fight disease.
Potassium is less acidic than nitrogen fertilizer, but a strong balance between these minerals is vital. Dry fertilizers can leave a yard with too much nitrogen—a problem potassium helps to alleviate. Too much potassium can cause salt damage, but liquid fertilizers make this unlikely. Not only is the potassium fertilizer balanced with the other components to ensure a healthy pH level, but liquid fertilizers leech out of the soil with regular watering, which helps to prevent excessive buildup of potassium over time.
As with any chemical substance or lawn additive, liquid fertilizers should be used with care. Pay attention to the condition of your soil before application. Follow the manufacturer’s directions or those recommended by your local nursery.