Dan’s Garden: Liquid Fertilizer

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MEDFORD, Ore. — This time of year, you probably want to use some liquid fertilizer because it’s absorbed faster.

On every package, there are three numbers: the first number is the nitrogen, second number is the phosphorous, and the third number is the potassium. The easy way to remember which is which is remember they’re in alphabetical order: nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium.

You can also remember this rhyme: “Up, down, and all around,” and that just means that the first number, the nitrogen, is for “up”, to grow the foliage, the leaves. The second number, the down, is for roots and flowers. The last number is just for all around.

Every plant needs all three, but this helps you figure out which one you want to be the highest.

For more information, consult the OSU Master Gardeners Hotlines:
Jackson County: 541-776-7371
Josephine County: 541-476-6613
Klamath County: 541-883-7131
Curry County: 541-247-6672