How to use Osmocote
® plant food?
Which Osmocote® formula should I use?
Osmocote is available in two formulations:
Outdoor & Indoor Plus (Analysis 15-9-12 with minors)
- Ideal for pots, window boxes, hanging baskets, anything in a container
- Indoor plants
- Plants in raised beds
Flower & Vegetable (Analysis 14-14-14)
- Tomatoes, garden vegetables, melons, berries
- Trees and shrubs
- Most anything in mother Earth
Can Osmocote® be used with edible plants such as vegetables, fruits and citrus?
Yes. In fact, Osmocote® Flower & Vegetable Plant Food is formulated for just these purposes. Each granule contains essential plant nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Nutrition is released into the soil slowly so that plants have a ready supply as they grow.
Osmocote® granules are coated with a resin made from vegetable oil, which make them safe to handle with bare skin. Of course, it is always wise to wash hands following exposure to any garden product and it is also best to avoid ingesting granules directly or touching eyes after granules are handled.
Can Osmocote® be used to prolong the life of cut flowers?
Osmocote® is not recommended for cut flowers. It is a slow release product that works with the plants root system. The life of cut flowers can be extended, however, by a combination of the following actions:
- clean the container daily but do not use soap or detergent,
- re-cut the stems (they may become clogged),
- replace the water with fresh,
- store cut flowers in a cool place during the night,
- display cut flowers away from heat during the day (that is, avoid windows, TV’s and other electronic devices, radiators, kitchen stove, etc.).
Can Osmocote® be used with all varieties of potted plants?
Yes. Osmocote® can be used on all varieties of potted plants. Apply as directed for best results.
How do I apply Osmocote®? How much do I use?
How often should Osmocote® be applied?
Should Osmocote® be used with water?
What is the best time to apply Osmocote®?
It’s best to work product into the top 1-3 inches of soil or mulch, but even when that’s not possible, the melting of late snow and/or early spring rains will work the granules into the soil. As ambient temperatures begin to climb, so, too, will soil temperatures. The release of nutrients from the Osmocote
The ideal soil temperature for plants is between 50ºF – 70ºF which coincides with the release of Osmocote
Tell me about Osmocote
® plant food…
What is the effect of Osmocote® on the environment?
Osmocote® is a manufactured product — meaning, essential plant nutrients are formed into individual granules then encapsulated so that nutritional release can be controlled to fit the pattern of nutrient uptake in the plant that it feeds.
Because excessive nutrition is not released into the soil, the environment benefits in two ways:
- plants will not be overfed (that is, “burned”), and…
- overwatering or heavy rainfall will limit washing away of nutrients into streams and lakes.
What is the shelf life of Osmocote®?
How does Osmocote® differ from other slow-release plant foods?
Compared to the top selling brand of slow-release plant food, Osmocote
What’s the difference between "consumer" Osmocote® and the Osmocote® product used by professionals?
While the consumer product is available in just two formulas, the professional product is produced in nearly 50 formulas because professionals require a broader range of NPK analyses depending upon the crop they are growing and local growing conditions.
Do plants receive nutrients immediately after application?
The temperature of the soil controls the rate at which nutrients are taken up by the plant and the rate at which nutrients are released by the Osmocote
How does Osmocote® react with other fertilizers or plant food products?
When using a water-soluble product with Osmocote
Does Osmocote® stain?
How should Osmocote® be stored?
Is Osmocote® harmful to animals?
What are the yellow and white shells that are left over after application?
Does Osmocote® have an odor?
Is Osmocote® Organic?
There is no problem in reconciling the desire to protect the planet and the use of a product that uses nutrients that are already part of the core universe and are measured in their application.
How to purchase Osmocote
® plant food…
Where can Osmocote® be purchased?
Please refer to Where to Buy
Is Osmocote® expensive?
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