How to Fertilize Indoor Plants | A Beginner's Guide


hmmm should I fertilize these plants

we're gonna talk about fertilizing we're

gonna talk about fertilizing and trying

to make it as simple as possible my name

is Amanda from plant Arina sorry I

forgot to say that but I want to talk

about fertilizing and how necessary it

is and try to make it as simple as

possible so we're gonna start out by

okay you get a plant if we assume you're

getting a new plant you have this cone

Cina consignor clay Thea and it's so


and you think okay well I want it to

look good forever right in order for a

plant to thrive we are going to have to

fertilize them and you have to ask

yourselves well when when do we start

fertilizing our plants well when you

first get a plant it depends where you

get it from right if you're getting a

plant from a greenhouse like ours at

planter Unicom you it's safe to say it's

been fertilized and but it all depends

right because if we're growing a plant

like this monstera a dasoni i this has

been in here probably for about six to

eight months possibly I don't remember

but it has and there is there is a

slow-release fertilizer in the soil and

it's put in the soil when they first

plant it but the plant uses the

fertilizer over time so by the time you

get this plant it could have been in

this pot for about you know say eight to

nine months maybe it's time to start

fertilizing it when you get it but don't

over fertilize it I'll get to that in a

second so let's assume that you brought

a beautiful plant home you brought home

this autumn fern and you're really

tempted to fertilize it if you are

tempted to fertilize right away I would

suggest using a very diluted complete

liquid fertilizer it can be an organic

type like fish emulsion or seaweed think

like a seaweed emulsion or you can use

like the blue type there's

many many different companies that make

complete fertilizers and with nitrogen

potassium and phosphorus and other

micronutrients which are super important

for the plants so if you do that diluted

heavily and I'm talking about using like

a quarter of a capful or a quarter of a

teaspoon to a gallon of water and you

know you can just start with that that's

that's good enough in the beginning if

you decide that you want to repot a

plant you really should consider adding

a soil amendment to the soil and it can

be any type of a compost that is sterile

and that compost like a worm casting

that I use a lot to worm poop that it

acts as a slow-release organic natural

fertilizer and that's really good for

the plants I find that that type of

fertilizer never burns the foliage I

just it doesn't so if you want to be

safe go with an organic fertilizer that

goes into the soil and if you do that

you know if you are adding oh I love

this guy this is a cute little ficus

elastica Brian T if you are if you still

okay let me go back I forgot what I was

saying if you do put a compost in the

soil you can still use a very diluted

liquid fertilizer throughout the period

of time that you're fertilizing here

here is another really important thing

to consider you might live in like a

tropical area and your plants might be

growing all year long and or you might

be like me you know I don't live in a

tropical area but my plants grow they

continue to grow so I did stop

fertilizing kind of late fall early

winter then I started again because my

plants were growing so anyway it's up to

you I mean the rules are stop

fertilizing at in the fall and start

again in the spring but I cheat I

fertilize and I've know some other

greenhouses that do that too so as long

as the plant is growing I think it needs

its nutrients that's my guess you can

say whatever you want to say anywhere

you want to say it but it's working for

me but I'll still tell you

you're not really sure you can

definitely back off fertilizing during

the winter because you could do more

damage especially if you are over

watering it and your plants aren't

getting enough light it will definitely

lead to the decline of your plant

so under fertilizing is definitely

better than over fertilizing but

fertilizing is really important okay

let's talk about the different types of

fertilizers there are the organic types

like the compost the back one o the worm

castings the what else is there there's

and you can you can also make your own

you can do a compost tea that is all

different sorts of really great

micronutrients in it or you can buy it

and you can decide on the one that you

want you can use those little those

sticks those little what are those

fertilizers sticks which I don't like

because I get moldy and I don't know I

just don't like to use them I like to

control it I don't like something

sitting so close to the roots for so

long that's that dense so I stay away

from that type and then you know there's

a foliar spray you can use too and you

know I sometimes I do that outside

during the summer when I know it's going

to dry it very quickly I'm very hesitant

to spray a foliar fertilizer on plants

inside when I just feel like it could

lead to mold and in bacterial issues so

I don't do that why do we have to

fertilize our plants because they're

just stuck in these pots they're stuck

in here and they can't get it naturally

they're not outside they're not getting

the debt reduce the leaves that decay

and become food for them over the period

of time that they need to absorb it and

you know they also they don't have like

the micro rui-zi that usually exists

outside that helps absorb nutrients that

are hard for them to absorb and that's

why we give them a diluted solution

that's easy for them to take up in their

root system so it's up to us to make

sure these plants survive and are

healthy really I'm saying that I'm

telling the truth and when something you

know we see the freaking same things

over and over again I have to like come

up with a new vocabulary but

I think I cut that off for a picture

didn't just fall off so we want this is

Dottie this is Clay Thea Dottie

we want our plants to remain healthy and

look super good for a long period of

time and fertilizing them after they

start declining is probably the wrong

time to start doing it you should

fertilize to maintain the health of the

plant so when you see it looking healthy

and pushing out new growth that's the

time to fertilize it it really is it's

not trying to bring it back from the

dead because I think by then it's

probably too late if you can if your

plant you think is dying and you can

propagate it I would go that route then

trying to completely save it because

it's usually all in the roots and if

you're a ruse or a disaster the plants

probably not gonna live sorry to break

the news to you okay so do all do plants

need do different types of plants need

different type of fertilizers yes and no

I see a lot of kind of literature on

certain plants needs certain fertilizers

like fiddly fig needs a certain type

which I took I have it but you know what

honestly I just kind of go with fish

emulsion and chelated iron and I dilute

it very heavily in a big huge watering

can and it go around and I do my thing

because I'm just not gonna do it I'm too

lazy and I have too many plants and

guess what they all like the fish

fertilizer and they all like the

chelated iron and I'm just sticking with

that so I'm just trying to keep it easy

for myself I'm trying to keep it easy

for you so you don't have to have a

million different different types of

fertilizers in your house because who

wants to collect fertilizers it's a

boring hobby to try to keep it simple

you know just just use what you have

what you can find and just dilute it

dilute it to a quarter of the strength

and make sure you water your plants

first before you add that fertilized

water or fertilizer because that is when

the burn can

all right so just let the roots soak it


let the vegetation get clumped up again

with moisture and then fertilize it okay

pretty easy I don't think you need to go

and research each plant and what it

likes the best because in reality if you

think about like where they're coming

from they're coming from the forest

floor they get what they get and they

don't get upset so they're gonna learn

to adapt to the fertilizer you're like

I'm just saying that I'm putting myself

out on limb a limb by saying that but I

just want to keep it super simple for

you so you don't have to spend a lot of

money on fertilizer that's it

I hope that helped I don't know I just

wanted to say that because I think I've

been holding it inside and that's my

truth that's what I do okay that's it

I'm gone I'm gonna go put my head in the

sand now all right guys thanks thanks

for listening to this one I hope it did

help and I'll see you guys very very

very very soon and thank you again take

care bye