Plants – garden or home – should be fed as much as they can assimilate them. The fact is that with a decrease in temperature, the digestibility of trace elements decreases, and with an increase, vice versa.
To do this, it is necessary to clearly calculate the amount of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, as well as additional components. Another problem is how to provide nutrition for plants that are sold in supermarkets and after purchase should take root in a new place, after which they are transplanted.
In order for plants to receive nutrients in the required amount, a long-lasting mixture has been created with the ability to control the amount of absorbed elements. For this, they are enclosed in a special soluble organic shell that allows moisture to pass through. Nutrients gradually dissolve and are released into the soil.
After the mineral granules enter the soil, they are exposed to water, which is watered with flowers. The resin casing allows it to pass inside, where it dissolves a small amount of the mixture. Substances return to the soil gradually, providing the plant with nutrition for a long time.
Another feature that makes it possible to economically use the trace elements of Osmokot fertilizer – nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus – it is the dependence of the power supply on the ambient temperature.
If the room is warm, the granules release components more intensively. If the temperature drops, the rate of dissolution and release of NPK slows down. That is, they simply do not come out of the capsule.
Temperature is the only criterion by which nutrients are released into the soil. This indicator is not affected by the quantity or quality of water, the presence or absence of soil microorganisms.
The shell, which consists of a fat-like substance, is decomposed by bacteria after the consumption of trace elements.
Fertilizer composition Osmokot
In addition to the main nutrients in the fertilizer Osmokot according to the instructions there is magnesium and calcium, which are involved in the metabolism and the formation of chlorophyll.
Nitrogen contributes to the growth of green mass, affects the plant’s immunity. With a deficiency, a gradual yellowing of the leaves occurs and the entire development cycle is disrupted. Flowering crops will not be able to set buds and bloom on time.
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Potassium is the main element that stimulates the formation of buds and the quality of flowering. Without it, phosphorus is poorly absorbed and the root system does not develop.
Phosphorus is the main element responsible for the growth and development of roots. How the greenery grows depends on phosphorus. If there is a deficiency, the leaves can change from green to blue or purple.
Varieties of mineral fertilizers
There are several types of Osmokot fertilizer – the instructions for use indicate how long the capsules are designed for, how many are needed for a certain area. There is a top dressing in the form of a tablet-cone, large granules. A double shell is created for delayed feeding, which starts to work after 2 – 3 months. In short, you can choose the most suitable fertilization interpretation.
You can determine by color what is the duration of action of the granules:
In this case, the ambient temperature should be not less than 21 degrees.
Osmokot Start is designed for plants with a short flowering period. Nutrient Ratios: nitrogen – 12, potassium – 17, phosphorus – eleven. The capsules release minerals for 6 months. There are enough of them for the indoor flower to go through the entire development cycle.
There are component rates for light, medium and plentiful feeding. It depends on when the plant was last fed. The instructions for use give recommendations on the weight of the granules.
Osmokot Standard Exact with high potassium content is sold in two versions:
Suitable for flowering specimens, and also used as a top dressing for vegetable crops in open ground.
Osmokot Exact tablets are in the shape of a cone. The granules are held together with glue, which dissolves under the influence of moisture and the cone breaks up into individual capsules. It is popular in flower shops, so that after purchase the flower is provided with food for another six months.
Osmokot Protect is a prolonged-release fertilizer, according to user reviews, it is most suitable for application to the soil in autumn. The action itself begins in the spring, when the plant wakes up and begins to grow actively.
How to apply
The mineral mixture is used for growing seedlings in greenhouses, for feeding indoor plants and garden crops in open ground. Moreover, it can be introduced into the soil even at low temperatures – the release of nutrients will not occur until the temperature of the soil rises to the desired value.
The soil must be watered after introducing the granules into the soil, since this is the main condition for the action of trace elements.
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