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Jenni Carr-Extension Agent

‘Pampered’ Plants Risk Salt Poisoning
Do you have “pampered” houseplants that you are tending over the winter months? Have you wondered if they need fertilizer and how much?  Well here is some information from K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham.
When fertilizer dissolves in water, it becomes a soluble salt. That can be a good-bad thing, particularly for houseplants.
“Roots can only absorb liquid meals,” explained Ward Upham. “If they receive more food than the plant needs, the leftovers simply remain in the soil.” 
 The water in left-over fertilizer soon evaporates, however, leaving salt behind. That ...

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