What to do if your plant’s fertilizer smells

What to do if your plant’s fertilizer smells

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Sometimes fertilizers can smell a bit unpleasant. While this is very unlikely to cause harm to your plants, it could understandably still be bothersome to you.


If the smell of your plant’s fertilizer bothers you, it may be a good idea to look into what could the cause. Double-check on the fertilizer - is it being stored correctly? Does it contain something which could be causing it to smell bad? If it is an organic fertilizer, it could also have gone bad, which could explain where the smell is coming from.

Planta recommends using liquid fertilizer - you can try a few different brands to see if you prefer one over another. Sometimes it’s worth investing in a better quality fertilizer in order to get better results.

Simply put, some fertilizers don't smell like a flower meadow! Some smell a bit less than others, but it's of course also a personal preference, so try searching around a bit for one that you can stand.

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