Plant food can have so many positive benefits for our house plants. It helps them grow those big, beautiful leaves that brighten up our homes. However, there can be too much of a good thing. When not fed at the right time, the nutrients in plant food can actually harm your plants. Here are three scenarios where you will want to wait to feed your plants.
1. When they’re in their dormant periods
Many plants have dormant periods during which they are not actively growing, therefore, they won’t need as much nutrient input. Like people, plants are unique, and some plants may require regular feedings year-round. For example, flowering plants typically do. If you notice your plant slows down growth in the winter, you may not need to feed it as often as you do in the spring or summer.
2. When they’re stressed out
If your plant is stressed due to factors like overwatering, underwatering, pest infestations, or disease, it's best to address the underlying issue before giving your plant some food. Feeding stressed plants can further exacerbate their problems. Once they start to recover and show signs of new growth, they’re ready for some plant food.
3. When they’ve just been repotted
Newly transplanted indoor plants may need some time to establish their root system in their new environment. Giving your plants a few weeks before giving them plant food can help them acclimate so they don’t get overloaded.
In short, there can be too much of a good thing. Just like humans, plants should also eat in moderation and at the right times.