As a gardening consumer you may feel overwhelmed with the choices of fertilizers. Do I use this one on this plant? That one on my other plant? Can I use the same one on both? You may feel like you need a degree in chemistry to feed your plants properly. The fact is some plants are very specific in what they eat but there are some very basic major elements that all plants feed on. One of these elements is Phosphorus. If you look at any fertilizer analysis on a package the middle number is this very important element.
Why Phosphorus now in the fall planting months? It's primary benefit is "roots and fruits" If you plant anything in the fall it is important to build strong, well developed roots. A tree or shrub, mums, or bulbs all benefit greatly from A healthy dose or Phosphorus. The most popular organic soil amendment to do this Job is a product called Bone Meal (4-12-0). This can be incorporated into any soil generously either during planting or after for vigorous root and flower production