Flower fertilizer recommendations for roses, peony, lily, hydrangea, wildflower meadows, English gardens, butterfly and hummingbird gardens. AGGRAND all natural liquid fertilizers for flowers and gardens is all about creating safe environments for the wildlife, our pets and family. This page introduces all our liquid fertilizers and the applications you need to know for flowers and gardens.
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Flower fertilizer by AGGRAND
AGGRAND offers all natural choices for your flower fertilizers. They work to save our resources in many ways, liquid flower fertilizers using sustainable ingredients is one way.
The best fertilizer for flowers is what is best for all of nature around them. The birds, bees, squirrels, insects. Your family pets in the flower bed with the fertilizers. The children playing in your yard. These fertilizers for flowering plants are natural, will be safe and not harm the nature in your flower garden. The flower fertilizer recommendations will be the favorite page to write. Love flowers. Wildflower meadows, English gardens, butterfly and hummingbird gardens. The reason we sell the AGGRAND all natural liquid fertilizers for flowers and gardens is for creating safe environments for the wildlife, our pets and family.
The AGGRAND plant and flower fertilizers are in fish emulsion concentrate with kelp, sulfate of potash and bloodmeal. There is also AGGRAND Liquid Kelp (seaweed) fertilizer. And AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal. For flowering plants needing extra calcium, there is AGGRAND Liquid Lime. These choices are all liquid fertilizer for flowers and plants. There are no hidden pesticides or herbicides like you will find in lawn fertilizers. See our page on pet safe lawn fertilizer for the truth on hidden ingredients.
- Flower fertilizer by AGGRAND
- Fertilizer for flowers
- Organic flowering fertilizer
- Fertilizer applications for flower transplants
- Tips for transplanting flowers using AGGRAND:::
- Transplanting flowering shrubs with AGGRAND fertilizers
- Fertilizer for flower beds
- Banding AGGRAND fertilizer in the garden
- Fertilizer for acid loving flowers
- Fertilizer for acid loving flowering bushes and ornamental trees, not conclusive
- How to amend for more acidic soil? More alkaline soil?
- Fertilizer for sweet loving flowers and herbs
- Alkaline loving trees and bushes
- How to tell if your soil is alkaline or acidic?
- Many plant nutrients are not readily available to plants in highly alkaline or acidic soils.
- AGGRAND for flowers in pots
- Why root zone applications do not always prove the most effective – why foliar feeding can be best
- Your choices of AGGRAND for flowers
Fertilizer for flowers
Fertilizer for flowers and large flowering plants can be very specific to meet pH requirements and nutrient fertility demands. Some flowers leave you no berth in what they want, others tolerate a wide range of fertilizer levels or lack thereof. The AGGRAND fertilizer for flowering plants offers sources that are natural and available for the flowers quickly and for a long period.
Flower fertilizers do not need to be organic to be effectively natural. All natural will work fine. AGGRAND fertilizers are all natural. The Liquid Kelp is organic certified and we do have organic certified 4-3-3 for those who need the certification. The ingredients in AGGRAND are organically based, biobased choices. Concentrates of liquid seaweed, fish emulsion, bloodmeal, sulfate of potash, bonemeal and superfine ground limestone. Nothing harmful there.
Saving the honeybees from herbicides and chemical fertilizer sprays are the same as saving our families and future generations. Your flower gardens are a root result of healthy natural surroundings, The natural fertilizer grassroots movement must begin now and to live on after us, as you well know. That is why natural flower fertilizer for roses, hydrangeas, flower beds and gardens is imperative.
Fertilizer applications for flower transplants
Having something to eat when going through stress is a nice touch for transplanted flowers. And transplanting is a very stressful period for young bedding flowers, out of the tray and into the ground. You want to minimize that transplant shock to keep plants growing vigorously and avoid unnecessary setbacks that delay flowering and reduce bloom yields.
Recipe – AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer should be used for watering in small transplants. Use a mixture of 1 ounce per gallon for soaking and 2 to 3 ounces per gallon of water for watering in transplants. The addition of 1 to 2 ounces of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal and 1/2 to 1 ounce of AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash to the solution to increase phosphorus and potassium availability when watering in the transplants will aid in long-term root development.
Tips for transplanting flowers using AGGRAND:::
- Avoid transplanting during the heat of the day to avoid root desiccation or drying out.
- Cloudy weather is the best time to transplant.
- Keep soil moist until plant root systems become well-established.
- Do not apply AGGRAND fertilizers in direct sunlight.
- Do not apply AGGRAND immediately before or after rainfall or irrigation.
Transplanting flowering shrubs with AGGRAND fertilizers
Transplanting small flowering shrubs and trees like hydrangeas, roses, lilacs, dogwood, magnolia. These can be soaked overnight in a bucket of AGGRAND fertilizer or Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash before transplanting. Use a mixture of one ounce per gallon of water for root soaks, water the shrub with the mixture after all the water for the transplant activity has been done, just add the rest of the AGGRAND combination to top soil. Also, make a mixture of one ounce of AGGRAND Liquid Kelp in one gallon of water and apply a fine mist to all the leaves and branches of your flowering shrub.
Fertilizer for flower beds
Now you have the young flowers in the flower garden and they are ready for a regular fertilizer application. With AGGRAND , you can us the fertilizers as a soil application or as a foliar application. The AGGRAND products were designed for foliar applications to give great benefit, gentle and yet potent food sources for your plants. We have more on that process below, but right here you want directions on fertilizer for flower beds, not so much reasons.
Do not miss the Liquid Bonemeal, Liquid Kelp and Liquid Fertilizer 4-3-3, for prolific and larger flower blossoms, these are solid nutrients with plant growth hormones, amino acids, sulfur, calcium, micronutrients and more.
- First water your flowers and wait until garden is drier (not meaning dried out).
- Mix together this recipe for flowers then add one cup of mixture per large plant or apply all to 10 to 20 foot of row using cup measurements or as a foliar spray. Tip, if you do not have a sprayer, then use the AGGRAND hose end sprayer, applying fine mist over garden using the 4-3-3 and a week later applying the Liquid Kelp. The Liquid Bonemeal can be applied same way or focused on root/soil areas
- 3 to 4 ounces AGGRAND Liquid Fertilizer 4-3-3
- 3 to 4 ounces AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0
- 2 to 3 ounces AGGRAND Liquid Kelp 0-0-8
- 1 gallon water
Banding AGGRAND fertilizer in the garden
Another way AGGRAND products are used for garden crops and flowers is banding the fertilizer in a trench near the seed. The best way to band fertilizer is to dig a trench slightly to one side and beneath where the seed will be planted (19 to 29 below and 29 to 49 to the side of the seeds). The fertilizer, mixed with water, is then dribbled into the trench, after which the trench is covered and a furrow is formed next to it for the seed. This is great for large marigolds, zinnias. Especially good for sunflowers and hollyhocks.
Specific cultural fertilization requirements for some flowers are not met with generalized recommendations. Gardeners need to research individual flower species. But we do have our page on the needs of some flowers and how to apply the AGGRAND, along with a few notes of only a tad bit of hat you will find on the flower fertilization page.
- Sunflowers need fertilizer if your soil is nutrient-poor, sandy, silty, clay or worse, but light on nitrogen.
- Established roses require high phosphorous fertilizer with macronutrients of sulphur, calcium and magnesium, plus the micronutrients, exactly what AGGRAND 4-3-3 plus their Liquid Bonemeal offers, but do not apply fertilizers after mid-summer, meaning 8 weeks before predicted frost, so prevent new soft tissue from developing before winter.
- Hydrangeas really like their acid soil, or sour conditions, so no AGGRAND Liquid Lime for them.
- Peonies with nutrient imbalances often means a reduction in flowering or no flowering and the weak stem syndrome so use AGGRAND and fertilize when they have a little growth, then halfway through their growing spurt before flowering, using 4-3-3, Liquid Kelp, Liquid Bonemeal and even Liquid Lime if the soil pH is too low to be neutral.
- Dahlias want high phosphorous and potassium with neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0 and the shall-rooted dahlia will soak your fertilizer easily, so go light on the nitrogen, meaning no synthetic stuff.
- It is often said that lavender doesn’t need fertilizer but in its natural habitat, lavender grows on limestone-based soil, meaning that it is a calcium loving flower that will benefit from the easy application of AGGRAND Liquid Lime along with 4-3-3 with nitrogen, the Liquid Bonemeal and Liquid Kelp.
- Petunias are annual-like perennials that love a lot of phosphorous, therefor the AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal right way, but then no phosphorous bonemeal in the next applications since the plants will be leggy and you want fuller petunias. So the 4-3-3 with Liquid Bonemeal right off and again every three weeks but without the bonemeal.
- Pansies love afternoon shade and AGGRAND 4-3-3 with Liquid Kelp but with a lot of warm sun for soil warmth, less sun on their faces when the heat is on during the day.
- Lilies like asiatic lilies, calla lilies, the peace lily prefer soil with balanced macronutrients, especially if you are dealing with poor soil, raising show lilies, raising lilies for medicinal purposes. You don’t want too much nitrogen or stems could be weak and leaves lush. Coffee grounds are an acidic mulch and create a loose organic soil too.
Fertilizer for acid loving flowers
Camellia, astilbe, foxglove, bergenia, goats beard, big blue lily, Tibetan blue poppy, marigold, bugleweed, phlox, Japanese skimmia, narsissus, chive, bleeding heart, pink lady slipper, creeping phlox, aster, gardenia, lewisia, roses, wintergreen, lily-of-the-valley, lupine, bog rosemary, gentian, flag iris, heath, heather and fern. Zinnia, dahlia, shasta daisy and coneflower will tolerate to the neutrals, as some others, so check your details. Evening primrose tolerates acidic, neutral and alkaline, a little gem there. Recommending the Farmer’s Almanac for information. Liquid Bonemeal with 4-3-3 and Liquid Kelp. The acid loving flowers like sour soil in the 5.0 to 6.0 pH range. For some a little higher is okay, pushing neutral even, but always lower than 7.0. Check each flower for details, if it is not detailed here or on our flower fertilization by species page. They want sour soil, no sweet and they want to be fed. The fertilizers make the difference as long as you are not sweetening the soil. Flowers can live in about anything as long as they are getting fed what they need.
Fertilizer for acid loving flowering bushes and ornamental trees, not conclusive
Azalea, hydrangea, holly, mountain ash, mountain laurel, rhododendron, magnolia, winterberry, sweetbush, bayberry, dogwood, blueberry, birch, evergreen and firs. Again, Liquid Bonemeal with 4-3-3 and Liquid Kelp so their soil doesn’t sweeten.
How to amend for more acidic soil? More alkaline soil?
Acid loving flowers and bushes like pine needle soil, coffee grounds for amendment, elemental sulfur, sphagnum peat, unnatural aluminum or iron sulfate, acidifying nitrogen which also is not natural, and organic mulches.
More alkaline soil is achieved slowly by using organic compost, wood ashes, ground oyster shell, calcium and limestone. This is best raised slowly when there are flowers in the bed, but the AGGRAND Liquid Lime is a gentle quick-release and slow-release soil conditioner that will raise the pH of your flower garden and keep on working for seasons to come, though adding more each season can be done.
Questions? Send an email, we answer questions when we have details. Soil analysis needed? Here is a link for a Midwest Labs soil analysis and the results will be sent to our CCA (Certified Crop Advisor and fertilizer specialist) and on to me. Just send me a message when the soil analysis is ordered so I keep up with your progress.
Fertilizer for sweet loving flowers and herbs
Our AGGRAND Liquid Lime and Liquid Bonemeal will sweeten the soil, the lime with calcium and the bonemeal with phosphorous and calcium. If your soil is already alkaline and what your flowers want, then use the Liquid Bonemeal and not the Liquid Lime. If you need a higher pH, sweeter soil then the Liquid Lime will raise the pH and is a great soil conditioner.
Sweet, alkaline soil loving flowers are crown vetch, delphinium, baby’s breath, bridal wreath, bell flower, monkshood, alpine columbine, yarrow, meadow rue, lilacs, bear’s breeches, cranesbill, clematis, pointentillas such as candytuft, mugwort, mallow, scabious, bellflower, sweet pea, millet, horned violet, leopard’s bane, mullein, blue flax, evening primrose for all soil ph, delphinium, pasque, valerian, dianthus or carnation, alpine pinks, coral bells, hens and chicks, alkanet, and windflower also known as anemone. The lacecap or mophead hydrangeas which will change their flower color to pink as they adapt to more alkaline soil. Also several herbs such as sage, thyme, oregano.
Alkaline loving trees and bushes
Mock orange, Russian olive, crabapple, barberry, hackberry, viburnum.
How to tell if your soil is alkaline or acidic?
- Plant a hydrangea and if it grows blue flowers, that’s truly acidic soil. If the flowers are pink, it means alkaline soil.
- In a small bowl you can place some of your soil and half-cup of regular vinegar. If there are no bubbles, you are planting in acidic soil, if there are fizzles and bubbles then your soil is alkaline. This was a Grandma’s trick.
- What’s growing quite happily in your garden now. These weeds and plants growing prolifically in the garden will read that your soil is alkaline…. spotted purge, Queen Anne’s Lace, chickweed, chicory, goose foot. And these read that your soil is more acidic because they love sour soil….. wild ox-eye daisy, dandelions, dock, cinquefoil, plantain, red cedar, wild strawberries.
- The litmus test is using a piece of litmus paper with some mud from your soil. Rinse in 10 to 15 seconds. If the paper has turned pink, your soil is acidic.
- Use a garden center test kit.
- Get the recommendations from a specialist at AGGRAND, besides knowing pH you will know deficiencies and the nutrients that are plentiful. Soil analysis by Midwest Labs soil analysis where the results are sent to our CCA fertilizer specialist and him sending the information to me. Just send me a message when the soil analysis is actually ordered so I keep up with your progress.
Many plant nutrients are not readily available to plants in highly alkaline or acidic soils.
That means the flowers need to be fed the nutrients that help them uptake what they need or get what they will not from the natural soil conditions. Especially those that do not do well in neutral soil, whether acidic or alkaline. Essential nutrients simply are available to most plants at a pH between 6 to 7.5. If you are planting acid loving or alkaline loving flowers because you love those flowers, then they will benefit greatly from the extra fertilizers.
Bulb fertilizer recommendations
Flowers from bulbs are lilies, tulips, iris, daffodils, star of bethlehem, anemone…….. Some of these you cut for flowers, some like star of bethlehem grow up in the snow and ice and create a happy moment when winter is too long. Some are considered the flags of the Spring holidays, at full bloom.
When you cut your flowering bulbs, leave the bottom two-thirds of the stem so it stores the energy to the bulb for food to begin growth for the following year.
When you need more information, consider reading the information on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums then come back for your fertilizer at wholesale pricing for members here.
AGGRAND for flowers in pots
Recipe for Spring, Summer and Fall when you want continuous flowering::::
- AGGRAND 4-3-3 (2 to 3 ounces)
- AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal (3 ounces)
- AGGRAND Liquid Kelp (1/2 to 1 ounce)
- AGGRAND Liquid Lime (2 ounces)*
*Note: For acid loving flowers like azalea, camellia, hydrangea, astilbe, foxglove, bergenia, rhododendron, goats beard, bugleweed, Japanese skimmia, bleeding heart, lewisia, magnolia, dogwood, pink lady slipper, creeping phlox, gardenia, roses, bog rosemary, pieris, heath and heather do not use the Liquid Lime. Sure, some of these are not thought of as potted plant types, but some of you have them in tight quarters with rock gardens and along ledges. You will also find the list above in fertilizers for flower garden.
Apply one cup of fertilizer solution per gallon of soil; make sure plants are well-watered between fertilization. Some plants like moist soil at all times while others respond better when soil dries out more between watering.
- Apply AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 every two weeks in summer and every four weeks in winter.
- For flowering cacti, apply a very weak solution several times a year. 1 oz. 4-3-3, 2 oz. bonemeal, 1/4 oz. kelp and 2 oz. lime.
- Apply AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal several times at monthly intervals in spring and fall.
- Some plants will flower at certain times of year or even continuously when AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal is applied regularly. (Every month in summer and every two months in winter).
- Apply AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash sparingly along with the AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer every month in summer and every two months in winter.
- Apply AGGRAND Liquid Lime every month in summer and every two months in winter.
- There is no need to apply AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime when using AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal in spring and fall or during periods of flowering. (AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal also supplies calcium.)
- In spring and fall place potted plants in sink and leach with plenty of fresh water. (At least one gallon of water for each gallon of soil)
- Top dress the pots with compost or earthworm castings once in spring and once in fall after leaching. (Use one cup for each gallon of soil)
- When potting or repotting plants, blend in one cup of compost or earthworm castings per gallon of soil; wet soil while in mixing tub with a solution of AGGRAND Natural Liquid Lime and AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal until soil is well wetted; after the plant is potted, water it in with a weak solution of AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer.
Two tablespoons = 1 oz.
Why root zone applications do not always prove the most effective – why foliar feeding can be best
Plants take up some nutrients through their roots, but can’t always meet all of their nutrient demands that way. For example, if soil pH is higher (more alkaline) or lower (more acidic) than the optimum range needed for plant growth, essential nutrients become unavailable. Foliar feeding is an efficient way to provide nutrients during periods of peak nutrient demands, and in situations where the soil pH level creates a nutrient deficiency, without sacrificing performance. AGGRAND 4-3-3 and AGGRAND 0-0-8 contain concentrated kelp extract and are particularly effective when applied as foliar sprays. Kelp provides a wide array of plant nutrients, chelating agents and plant hormones. Kelp promotes drought, heat and cold tolerance of vegetables and flowers.
With foliar applications growers adopt one of two applications methods: a calendar based approach where feeding begins on a certain date and continues at set intervals throughout the growing season, or an approach based on the plant’s developmental stages in which reaching a critical stage (i.e. bud formation, first bloom, fruit set, etc.) is the cue for application. When foliar feeding, apply enough
fertilizer solution to wet the foliage.
Effectiveness of foliar applications is increased by raising the fertilizer solution pH to 7.0 to promote vegetative growth and 6.0 to promote flowering and fruit formation. After mixing the fertilizer with water, test the pH with litmus paper. Add baking soda or hydrated lime one-half teaspoon at a time to raise the pH to the specified level or add apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon at a time to lower the pH to the specified level. The addition of a surfactant (spreader-sticker) to the spray mix also increases the effectiveness of foliar applications. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons of fertilizer to each gallon of spray mix and keep well-agitated.
Note that you do not want to apply AGGRAND fertilizers in direct sunlight or too soon after rainfall or irrigation.
Your choices of AGGRAND for flowers
AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer 4-3-3 is our go-to, all purpose liquid product for flowers, flowering shrubs and trees and gardens. This fertilizer provides nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K) in a 4-3-3 ratio. These essential nutrients promote vigorous growth, increased root development and improved disease and stress tolerance. The natural ingredients are released more slowly and efficiently, adding organic matter and amino acids to the soil to increase microbial activity. Then soil microbes fix the nutrients needed for flowering plant growth and release them slowly as plants need them. On the other hand petrochemical fertilizers are often high in soluble salts that are detrimental to soil microbes and plants alike. The petrochemical fertilizers in a flower bed decrease microbial activity and plant nutrient uptake. Although these fertilizers are high analysis N-P-K, the plant-use efficiency is very low, basically why the high numbers are needed. AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer includes kelp concentrate which accumulates high levels of plant growth hormones and nutrients to make flowering plants more robust and healthy and enhancing heat, drought and cold tolerance. Besides the nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K), there is sulfur (S), magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), boron (B), sodium (Na), carbohydrates and numerous amino acids. The fish component in AGGRAND Natural Fertilizer alone supplies N-P-K and 10 micronutrients, as well as a number of vitamins and amino acids. With the kelp, fish, bloodmeal and sulfate of potash, these provide all of the elements needed to grow healthy, vigorous flowering plants.
AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal 0-12-0 contains 12% readily available phosphorus (P), which is reflected by the grade of 0-12-0 (N-P-K). Phosphorus aids in plant establishment and production of prolific blooms. Recommended during transplanting flower starts, bulbs and seeds to increases root development for faster growing, healthier plants. Application to flower bulbs like tulips, daffodils, iris, star of bethlehem increases the number and size of flowers. The bulbs can be split more frequently. Increased phosphorus availability during flowering actually lengthens the flowering period and produces higher numbers of flowers. AGGRAND Natural Liquid Bonemeal contains fast- and slow-release phosphorus that is readily available during early plant development with the rest becoming available throughout the growing season, unlike other bonemeal fertilizers that are not as finely ground as AGGRAND 0-12-0. Others are released over a period of years so the phosphorus can become locked up into an unavailable form in the soil. But the fine grind of AGGRAND 0-12-0 makes it dissolve in a shorter period of time and the fineness facilitates deeper penetration into the soil profile so it becomes available to a greater percentage of plant roots than coarser granular bonemeal products. The fast-release phosphorus makes AGGRAND Bonemeal an excellent source for foliar feeding flowering trees and flowers which always require extra phosphorus during early bud formation. AGGRAND Liquid Bonemeal contains calcium to improve soil tilth, nutrient exchange capacity and corrects calcium deficiencies. For early plant growth and development with lovely and prolific blooms on your flowers.
AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash 0-0-8 contains 8% readily available potash which is the potassium of our group and is in the Liquid Kelp and the 4-3-3. Potassium (K) is a universal helper by regulating processes in the plant and is a component of the plant fluids, creating dark green leaves, firm stalks, prolific root growth, higher yields of blooms. Liquid Kelp and Sulfate of Potash also contains 2% sulfur (S) which is the fourth major nutrient which is often present in equal or greater amounts than potassium in both soil and plant tissue to realize the benefits of nitrogen and potassium. Your flowers will also benefit from high levels of plant growth hormones, amino acids, micronutrients and potassium. When used as fertilizer, kelp makes flowering plants more robust and healthy by enhancing their heat, drought and cold tolerance, it increases plant growth and bloom quality. Our AGGRAND source does not contain chloride (Cl) that damages soil life and plant roots. There are also naturally occurring proprietary ingredients added to this fertilizer to release nutrients from the soil, acting as chelating agents, aiding in foliar and root uptake, and stimulating soil biological activity. AGGRAND Natural Kelp and Sulfate of Potash is the key to overall plant health, quality, increased marketability of commercial flowers, high yields and increased stress tolerance.
Flower fertilizer for species is on this page. Cosmos fertilizer, delphinium fertilizer, gladiolus fertilizer, snapdragon fertilizer, hollyhock fertilizer, sweet william fertilizer, sweat pea fertilizer, heather fertilizer, daisy fertilizer, larkspur, phlox, ranunculus, black-eyed susan fertilizers for the flower garden.