KC Gardens

How much fertilizer on each plant?

I just purchased a 35 lb bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer to apply to individual plants, mostly mature hostas and daylilies. How much should I apply to each plant? Thank you. - Carolyn

If you have not had your soil tested, generally you would apply 1 pound per 100 sq. feet as growth begins in the spring, and 2-4 inches from the crowns. For smaller areas you could scatter one cup over 25 square feet. If you only have a few individual plants, then you would be safe with 1 Tablespoon around the base of each plant. When fertilizing, less is more. I would encourage you to have a soil test done, as most perennials do not need heavy fertilization every year, and additionally you may only need to apply nitrogen. I hope this answers your question.

-- Carole-Johnson County Extension Master Gardener