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Boost Seedlings in 5 Steps

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour


Boost Seedlings | The Home Depot's Garden Club

Veggies get nutrients from the soil and through their leaves. In early stages, seedlings require extra feedings to thrive. Nourish young sprouts with a booster feeding to support new growth, supplement nutrients and encourage strong roots.

Apply liquid fertilizer to leaves to give plants the nutrients they need. And what drips off leaves will soak into the plants’ roots.

Boost Seedlings:

  1. Choose an organic fertilizer.
  2. Wait for a cloudy morning. Cloudy conditions enhance nutrient uptake by slowing the drying of leaves, and by allowing time for liquid fertilizer to drip into the soil.
  3. Measure fertilizer according to directions and mix in a watering can.
  4. Water plants from the top, so that leaves and soil become thoroughly drenched.
  5. Repeat every two weeks when growing vegetables in containers or in sandy soil, which quickly loses nutrients in warm, rainy weather.


To keep plant food from becoming people food, apply liquid plant food only to the roots of lettuce and other greens eaten raw.

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