Most of the fertilizer used in the pots at Fasel and Sons is the slow release type. We have good reasons for that.
Slow release fertilizers do just what the name says. They release a little bit of plant food every day over an extended time. This means that plants always have the right amount of food. Because they work for a long time, you don't have to do it as often.
Slow release fertilizers usually have some sort of coating on the outside of the pellets that only lets a little fertilizer out at a time. They release just the right amount, right when the plant gets watered.
Some formulations will feed your plants for 4 months from just one application. That means 2 applications will get you through the entire growing season!
The benefits don't stop there. The danger from fertilizer burn is almost non existent. More is absorbed by the plants so less ends up washing away. Plants grow best when their soil fertility is consistent and slow release fertilizers do just that.
One of our favorites is called Osmocote and it's also the fertilizer we put in our pots on Cicero.
Not only does it last a long time but it also provides a great fertilizer mix. This is one of those fertilizers that feeds for 4 months. You only have to apply it twice a year!
Many organic fertilizers are naturally slow releasing. They are broken down by soil microbes bit by bit and made available to the plants. Many of these organic fertilizers only need to be applied once a month and provide a great, balanced, slow feed which plants love.
Now that you know about the benefits of slow release fertilizers, what are you waiting for?
Go get some!