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How Often Do I Feed My Plants?

Remember when your parents used to make sure you ate your vegetables as a kid? Despite your hatred for broccoli and spinach, they made you eat up. Looking back, they were just trying to make sure that you had all the nutrients you needed to grow up strong and healthy.

While your plants don't need three square meals a day, they still need to eat! That's why we're here to help you make sure that the plants in your house and garden are getting all the nutrients they need to grow into healthy, beautiful specimens of nature - and stay that way.

When it comes to feeding your plants, we recognize that everyone has the time to become a full-blown plant nutritionist, so we want to make it easy for you. Just how often should you be feeding your plants?

For Outdoor Plants:

The key to really beautiful flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees is a consistent, properly applied feed program. Jack’s Classic® products applied every 7-10 days will make your plants perform to their best potential.

• Start early. Feed your plants as soon as you set them in your garden. Feed perennials as soon as they emerge.

• Use a hose end sprayer or siphon mixer for feeding large areas. Jack’s Classic® works with all types and set-ups, just follow the device’s specific directions.

• Foliar feeding works! Apply the fertilizer solution over the whole plant (leaves & roots) so that nutrients can be absorbed and used quickly. Applying Jack’s Classic® at the directed rates will not burn the leaves.

For Indoor Plants:

Feeding your plants a low rate of Jack’s Classic® every time you water is an easy way to achieve excellent plant growth through every season. In the winter, most plants require less water and therefore less fertilizer. In the spring and summer when plants are growing fastest they will require more water and nutrients. To meet the plant’s growing needs, adjust your fertilizer rate and increase the frequency of watering with the fertilizer nutrient solution. Make sure you are watering your plants only when the soil is dry to your touch and you will continue to see optimum growth throughout the seasons.

Our Recommended Rates:

Water thoroughly. For pots and hanging baskets, apply until you get drainage from the container. In beds, apply about 1 gallon for every 2 sq. ft.

INDOOR FEEDING: 1/4 teaspoon per gallon with every watering or 1/2 teaspoon per gallon every other week. In high light conditions, you can double the above rates, which will create vigorous growth.

OUTDOOR FEEDING: Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables & Roses 1 tablespoon per gallon applied every 7-10 days.


1 tablespoon per gallon applied every 10-14 days.

LAWNS: Apply 20-20-20 at 2 Tablespoons per gallon


Garden Plants: 6 cell pack bedding plants: 1/2 Tsp. per pot

Qt./Gal. Transplants: 1 Tbl. per plant

Established plants: 1 Tbl./sq. ft. around root zone

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