Foliar feeding is a method of administering nutrients or pest control methods directly onto the foliage, or leaves, of a plant. It generally leads to quicker absorption and is the best way to eradicate pests, diseases, and deficiencies, as you can precisely target the afflicted areas. If you are dealing with nutrient lockout, foliar feeding is a great way to provide supplemental nutrition.
Using sprayers to foliar feed
To apply nutrients to the foliage of the plant, growers need to use a sprayer. Smaller, hobby farmers tend to use manual garden sprayers, as they generally are just spraying a few plants. These devices feature a pump, and are super simple to use.
Larger gardens, or those looking to save their time and energy, generally opt for an electric garden sprayer. These are similar to manual atomizer sprayers, but are powered by a battery source, eliminating much of the human work.
Tips for foliar feeding
- Do not spray in temperatures above 80 degrees
- Spraying in humid environments is ideal
- Solutions should be more diluted than with root feeding
- A finer mist is superior, ensuring an even spread of particles
- Spray tops AND bottoms of leaves
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