Marianne's Response

Feeding houseplants

I am new to gardening so I am unsure of the proper way to feed my various house plants. I purchased Osmocote plus indoor outdoor plant food but since I do not need to repot the plants I need guidance on the proper amount to feed them. They are in various pots sizes from as small as 4 inch pot on up. The plants vary from begonia, pothos, snake plant, money tree, spider plant, rubber plant, cactus, aloe and succulents.

I appreciate any help. Thank you!

Paytra 🙂

Posted by Paytra Nyitrai on August 21, 2019

Marianne's Response

First of all, welcome to gardening! You are going to learn so much just by growing any plant and don't worry about mistakes - we all  kill plants but learn from the experience. Osmocote is made to be easy to use so just apply once a year at the minimum or twice a year to encourage more growth  and that's it. The smaller the pot the less you use. The recommended rate is about one tablespoon for a one gallon pot for indoor plants  so a 4 inch container that holds maybe one cup of soil would get just a pinch or 1/8 tablespoon of Osmocote and a six inch pot that holds twice as much potting soil would get twice as much fertilizer or 1/4 teaspoon. You can estimate how much soil your pots hold by comparing them to a gallon size or quart size milk container.   Work the granules into the soil a bit without damaging the roots then water when the soil is dry to the touch.  Don't worry as using a bit too much or a bit too little will not kill your plants. Keep growing, Marianne Binetti