The Andersons Brand American Green all purpose 5 10 10 Fertilizer, Product ID 38864640, is a commercial plant growth stimulant product having 3 separated numerals displayed on the label. Numbers thus listed on fertilizer labels correspond to percentage by weight of the 3 major plant growth nutrients included in the formulation designed especially for meeting the specific growing needs of plants.
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Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, major ingredients found in fertilizer formulas, often abbreviated as N-P-K are standardized to make purchase of fertilizers easier for home gardeners as well as plant specialists.
A 10 pound bag of fertilizer labeled 5-10-10, indicates the product is made up of 5% nitrogen, 10% phosphorus and 10% potassium. The remaining 75% will encompass a variety of other nutrients and perhaps filler.
Fertilizers that contain all three major nutrients are considered complete fertilizers.
The fertilizer ratios are always listed in the same order: N - nitrogen P - phosphorus and K - potassium.
The specific type of fertilizer i.e. more or less nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium amounts, or complete types having equal ratios of ingredients, to use is dependent upon the particular cultivar of plant being nurtured in addition to the soil in which the cultivar is being grown. Foliage plants call for a different type fertilizer than do fruiting or flowering cultivars.
The numeric value of the numbers on the package label are not so important as is the ratio of the main ingredients.
Flowering or fruiting type fertilizer does not have so much percentage of nitrogen as do the fertilizers meant for foliage plants.
On the whole a good balanced fertilizer, or one having equal amounts of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, such as 10-10-10, 14-14-14, are suitable for most garden use. Ingredients in addition to the Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium will be listed on the side label. This may include other nutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron, micronutrients and even the percentage of organic matter.
The Andersons American Green all purpose 5 10 10 Fertilizer is one of the less nitrogen, more phosphorus and potassium type fertilizers which on the whole produce better results when used for flowering and fruiting cultivars. Expressly prepared as an additive usable for advancing growth of tomatoes and other garden vegetables Andersons American Green all purpose 5 10 10 Fertilizer is a good choice for use with Iris for promoting vigorous blossom production.
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