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Fertilizing your Plant in the Fall
Plant Elixir by  Museum Studio

Plant Elixir by Museum Studio

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

It’s getting colder and the eating season is upon us!  While we enjoy our feasts, it’s time for our plants to go on a fast. This time of year our plants just want to relax and stay cozy inside with us. They become less interested in new growth, which means they're less hungry and less thirsty. Here are simple feeding adjustments to make:

  • Feeding - shift to fertilizing once a month and cut the recommended amount in half. 

  • Exceptions - new growth - if your plant decides they're up to the task and it sends out new growth, they can have a snack afterward. Never fed? If you've never fertilized your plant and you’ve had it for more than 4 months, give it a nutrient boost. We suggest starting with diluted liquid fertilizer and observing how your plant responds. 

  • Watering - slow down, but don’t completely stop your watering. Always check the soil's moisture first. Most indoor plants prefer if their soil dries out completely before being watered again, which might take longer when it's colder.

Remember every plant species has different wants and needs, so read up on your plant friends and spend time with them, it makes a difference!

Plant Care Tip #5: Feeding Frenzy
Photo by  Léon & George

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Spring is a great time to feed those hungry plants. When fertilizing, less is more. Follow the steps below to ensure your plants are getting the proper treatment:

  • Too much fertilizer can seriously harm on your plant

  • Err on the side of caution and stick to half the recommended dose of fertilizer for most plants

  • Don’t fertilize weak plants (like plants that are shocked from repotting, or plants that are VERY new to their environment)

  • Fertilize in spring and summer as your plants are more dormant in fall and winter and will not utilize this food properly (and this unused fertilizer could hurt their roots)

Fertilizing can be a touch and go process. If you're finding it difficult to navigate, we can help! Email your specific questions to us anytime 


When should you fertilize your plants?

Plants need light, water, and nutrients. Most plants get their nutrients from the soil, but over time a soil’s nutrients can get depleted, especially with potted plants. This is when fertilizer comes in handy. But there are a few things you should know about fertilizer before feeding your plant.

Most commercial fertilizers include 3 main nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK for short). These are often listed as numbers on a fertilizer’s packaging, in the form of 10-20-15 or 15-15-15. The numbers correspond to the percentages of N-P-K in the fertilizer. All purpose fertilizer usually has them in equal proportions, but the labeling should be clear. There are special fertilizers for plants like orchids or roses that have different proprotions of NPK and other micronutrients the plants might need, and there are even fertilizers for stages of growth (ex: younger plants often need more phosphorous). A fertilizer’s label should tell you all you need to know about what it’s meant to be used for.

Now about when to fertilize: the general guideline is to fertilize during the growing season, which is usually spring and summer. The extra warmth and light during these seasons stimulates plant growth that pauses during the cold and dark of winter. This is also why plants need less water during the winter. Adding nutrients at the right time helps spur that growth.

Something else to note is that it’s very possible to give a plant too much fertilizer. It’s possible to “burn” a plant with too much fertilizer at once, and you’ll notice this if the tips of the leaves turn yellow/brown. Always follow the guidelines that come with the fertilizer you’ve purchased. Some fertilizer is liquid that you mix in when you water the plant, and some comes in solid form you stick in the soil or sprinkle above it.

Also note that new commercial potting mix generally already has fertilizer in it, so you wouldn’t want to fertilize a freshly potted plant right away – wait about a month or so.

That’s about it. Now go forth and feed your hungry plants!