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How much should I spend on an automatic fertilizing system

February 01, 2018

We spend a lot of time on our favourite leisure pastime, gardening, orchids and bonsai - lovingly creating an environment for optimal plant growth. We can optimise our efforts by ensuring our plants are frequently and accurately fertilized and this can be achieved by purchasing a fertigate automatic fertilizing system.

First and foremost plants require Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Oxygen (O2) and water (H2O). Beyond that they require a range of nutrients or chemicals called Macro and Micro nutrients which can be supplied from a wide variety of fertilizers.

Gardeners use liquid fertilisers because they can be applied at a known quantity, achieve known results and have an immediate effect. For a variety of reasons, bonsai and orchid enthusiasts typically use liquid fertilisers.

The problem with liquid fertilizing is the effort and time taken to mix and apply. Carting watering cans around a back yard is heavy, messy and not enjoyable. We seek the benefit of fertilizing but rarely have the time, opportunity or inclination to perform this important task.

Fertigation, widely adopted by the farming community, is a well-kept secret in terms of being adopted in residential environments.

Fertigation is the ideal way to fertilize your plants at the same time as you water them. There are several common fertigation systems and to assist you select an appropriate fertigation system we have written a guide describing how to select an automatic fertilizer system.

Despite the huge benefits of fertigation, fertigation systems carry a cost which occasionally causes Gardeners, bonsai artists and orchid enthusiasts to hesitate. However, if we consider the benefit of fertilizing and compare it to the cost, we quickly realise there is a favourable “Cost – Benefit” and little other analysis is required.

Consider some of the costs you incur, such as:

  • Purchase price of plants.
  • Cost of water & potentially electricity to pump the water.
  • Cost of soil media.
  • Cost of Tools.
  • Lawn mowing.
  • Cost of benches which need to be replaced every 10 years or so.
  • Cost of Drip irrigation systems.

The minor cost of fertigation systems is insignificant compared to the above costs, yet the benefits of installing a fertigation system are immeasurable.

You enjoy gardening, bonsai or orchids as a hobby or pastime because of the joy, relaxation and satisfaction you gain in both the work involved and the opportunity to reflect on the results.

If you still require justification….

  • Consider the time it takes to fertilize your garden, bonsai and orchids – say 30 mins.
  • Multiply that by the number of times you will (or should) fertilize annually (say 20 times).

[Note: a fertigation system allows you to easliy micro-dose and fertilize daily or weekly and achieve HUGE results.

Now the tricky question… what is your time worth…..

  • For simplicity, let’s assume $100/hr but use a figure you are comfortable with. The potential saving is therefore: 1/2hr x 20 occasions x $100/hr = $1,000 per year.

Putting aside the fact that a fertigation system will last well beyond a year, your plants benefit immensely from regular fertilizing.

You benefit from being able to fertilize easily, quickly and most importantly you get to enjoy the result.

So it is easy to see that a fertigation system (properly selected) will assist you achieve:

  • Healthier plants.
  • Fertilize regularly and easily.
  • Spend your valuable time on your hobby rather than fertilizing.
  • An opportunity to get more pleasure from your hobby and pastime which in truth is the greatest justification you could want.

Purchase a fertigation system and enjoy the benefits.



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