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Q.Best home fertilizer for my succulents?

Zone 05401 | jlhull717 added on September 12, 2019 | Answered

Hi! I’ve recently gotten 2 succulents, and I was wondering how to fertilize them. I’m new to the succulent world so I don’t know a lot at all about it. Can I use things like banana peals and coffee grounds like I would for my other plants?

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Answered on September 13, 2019

No, using those ingredients uncomposted is not recommended for beginners, as it invites infections without the proper soil microbes to break them down. This is especially true in container plants. These infections will present themselves as brown spotting, black lesions, leaf drop, and curling, mostly.

Fertilizing succulents is hardly necessary, but if you would like to use coffee, I would brew it first, then dilute it out to 1/4 strength.

This article will help you to know how to feed succulents: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/fertilizing-cacti-and-succulents.htm

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