Fertilizing annuals when planting

Asked May 21, 2016, 10:39 AM EDT

When planting annuals in the ground, I have been pouring liquid fertilizer into the hole and then placing the plant in the hole and covering with soil. Is this Ok? If not, what is a better method of fertilizing a newly planted annual?

Anoka County Minnesota

1 Response

Slow release or controlled release fertilizers work well with annuals. They are mixed into the soil while planting and slowly fertilize over around 8 weeks. Water soluble fertilizers also work well but require you to reapply about every 10 days. When using them it is important to follow manufactures directions on the container.