How often should I water my plants indoors?
In general you should put enough water on a plant so it doesn’t need water again for 3 days. The volume of water to apply will depend on plant size and age of the plant. Younger plants need much less than older, root bound plants. If the soil stays wet for more than 3 days, you can run into root rot problems. Roots need oxygen just like any other plant part. Be careful not to dry plants down so far that they wilt. This can also cause root problems.
How often should I water my plants outdoors? (shade or sun patio) (in pots)
In general you should put enough water on a plant so it doesn’t need water again for 3 days. The volume of water to apply will depend on plant size and age of the plant. If the soil stays wet for more than 3 days, you can run into root rot problems. Roots need oxygen just like any other plant part. Be careful not to dry plants down too far. This can also cause root problems.
Here are some additional things to be aware when growing plants outside. Direct sunlight and wind can accelerate how quickly plants use water. Changes in weather will also change a plant water needs. Be careful not to over water in cool and cloudy weather. Plants in a drier climate will also use more water than plants in areas with higher relative humidity.
How often should I water plants in my garden? (in soil bed) (in a raised bed)
After transplanting the plants will need more frequent irrigations of smaller volumes of water. Right after transplant, the plant’s root system will not have penetrated into the soil. The roots will be close to the surface and the plant will dry relatively quickly. As the roots penetrate deeper into the soil, you will have to get the water deeper to make sure the plant has adequate water. You will be able to apply higher volumes of water less frequently.
Should I water my vegetables more than my flowers?
Typically you will water flowers more than vegetables. When a vegetable is almost ready to be harvested, a little wilting will cause the plant to move more sugars into the fruit. A little wilting on a flowering plant can make it drop the flower or cause the plant to burn.
What kind of fertilizer should I use? (organic) (synthetic – standard)
You can use either organic or standard, depending on your preference. Either kind will work with Mojogro. For flowers, standard fertilizer will work fine. For edible crops, we recommend using an organic fertilizer. Over fertilization with a standard fertilizer can have a negative impact on vegetable flavor.
How much fertilizer should I put on my plants?
Let your plant tell when to apply fertilizer. Plants are typically green in color. If your plant is beginning to yellow, it is time to apply a fertilizer. Generally speaking, the higher the light level, the more fertilizer a plant will require to maintain healthy growth.
How do I add the fertilizer to my soil? (Do I mix a dilute and fully wet the entire pot? or do I just put it on top of the soil?)
This depends on the formulation. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. There are fertilizers that can be put on the soil surface. These usually are called a “slow release” fertilizer. Fertilizers that need to be mixed with water are typically called “liquid fertilizers”. These can be either a dry mix or a liquid concentrate.
Do not apply fertilizers under mid-day sun. This can cause a burn to the leaves and flowers of the plant.
How deeply to I plant my small plants into the soil? (top of roots just below the surface? or just above the surface?)
Plants should be planted as near to the soil surface as possible without exposing too much of the root ball. If you garden is prone to being water logged, it will be best to plant the root ball just slightly above the soil line. This will keep the stem from being in contact with the wet soil surface. Planting too deep in a wet area can allow the stem to remain moist and a disease to develop. In drier areas you may want to plant the root ball slightly below the soil line and cover with soil. This will keep the root ball from drying out too much after transplant. In a dry are you should not have to worry about the stem staying wet for long periods of time.
Can I use Mojogro for potted plants?
Yes you can. We recommend the Mojogro Organic Potting Soil. This potting soil has been design for container grown plants, either indoors or outdoors. It has been blended with the proper nutrition for a potted plant.