Granular, Pelleted, Soluble and Liquid Fertilizers – Which is Best?
Different Fertilizer Textures
Many fertilizers, such as Bio-Live, are granular, the most common form for application.
- Easy to apply, just turn them into the soil or top-dress them around each plant and water them in.
- Typically are quick and easy for the plants to absorb
- Needs to be reapplied every month or two as they get used up or leached out of the soil.
Pelleted FertilizersPelleted such as Nutri-Rich, are convenient if you want to provide nutrients slowly and over a long time. These are particularly good for heavy feeder crops like corn and tomatoes. To apply a pelleted fertilizer, just sprinkle it around each plant at the quantity directed on the packaging. You may only need to reapply once mid-season.
Water Soluble PowdersPowders such as Maxicrop Kelp Extract are usually dissolved in water before application. They can then be hand-watered in, or injected into the irrigation system. This makes the nutrients quickly available to the plants, but also requires more frequent application.
Liquids such as PVFS All Purpose Liquid Fertilizer, are very easy to apply. You can use them just like soluble powders, but without the work of mixing. They are easily utilized by your veggies, and like soluble powders they should be applied frequently (typically every one or two weeks). So between equally nutritious fertilizers in different forms, which should you choose? That depends on you. Some people find it easier to use solid fertilizers, others prefer liquids.
Whether you choose fish meal or liquid fish, kelp meal or liquid kelp, or Bud and Bloom granular fertilizer, your plants will enjoy the meal.