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[Tomato Dirt #205] Compare Tomato Fertilizer: Which One Is Right for You?
June 25, 2020

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 10, Number 13

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FEATURE: Compare Types of Tomato Fertilizer: Which One Is Best for You?

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Tomatoes are heavy feeders. Tomato fertilizer helps supplement your garden soil and provide nutrients that tomato plants need at different stages of growth: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, potash, calcium, and magnesium, along with other trace minerals.

Consider composition as you compare tomato fertilizers to make the best choice for your plants and your garden.

Understand the numbers. Most fertilizers are a combination of the three nutrients commonly fed to plants: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (referred to as the “N-P-K ratio”). A fertilizer’s composition is listed on the label in a three-number series, such as 15-10- 5. The three numbers represent those three nutrients. A 15-10-5 fertilizer contains 15% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus, and 5% potassium. The remainder of the fertilizer is filler material.

Know the best nutrient balance for tomatoes. Nitrogen encourages leaf growth, which is why fertilizers with higher ratio of nitrogen (the first of the three numbers) are an optimum choice for lawns and grasses. But in tomatoes, excess leaf growth discourages blossoms and fruit. Phosphorus encourages flowering. Potassium encourages fruiting. So a complete fertilizer with a balanced supply of the three major nutrients, such as 10-10-10 or 5-10-10, is a good choice for tomato plants.

Learn more about different kinds of tomato fertilizers to choose one that’s right for you… and be sure to check out our Fertilizing Tomatoes board on Pinterest for more helpful information.

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Tomato Growing Tip: Don’t Choose the Wrong Tomato Fertilizer

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

Feed Your Plants Right

Tomato Tone and other tomato fertilizersGarden hand tools like Fiskars to work tomato fertilizer into soil Sturdiest garden gloves from Pine Tree, more

More about Fertilizing Tomatoes

Fertilizing Tomatoes: the BasicsCompare Inorganic and Organic Tomato FertilizerEpsom Salts: a Natural Tomato FertilizerDoes Tomato Fertilizer Stay Potent Over Time?

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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