Three years of sustaining an indoor garden doesn't make me an expert gardener, but I have come to learn a thing or two about premier plant nutrition. If you're raising indoor or container vegetables/flowering plants, you're going to need a good bloom nutrient. One option for an excellent fertilizer is Tiger Bloom by FoxFarm. This liquid nutrient will keep plants strong and healthy during the sensitive flowering phase of growth. Stick with me as I share my thoughts on Tiger Bloom and explain the nutritional benefits of using this fertilizer.
What's in Tiger Bloom?
Before I share my thoughts on this FoxFarm liquid nutrient, its good to have an understanding of what exactly you're putting on your plants. Below are the components of Tiger Bloom as well as the available nutrients it offers.
- Tiger Bloom is Derived From:
Calcium Nitrate, Magnesium Nitrate, Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Nitrate, Earthworm Castings, Kelp, Iron EDTA, Zinc EDTA, Manganese EDTA, Copper EDTA, Chelating Agent, Disodium Ethlenediamine Tetra Acetate (EDTA) and Soium Borate.
Available Nutrient Analysis:
|Nitrogen - 2%||Phosphate - 8%||Potash - 4%|
Magnesium - 0.5%
Boron - 0.02%
Copper - 0.05%
Iron - 0.12%
Manganese - 0.06%
Zinc - 0.05%
Nutritional Benefits of Tiger Bloom:
Tiger Bloom supplies ample amounts of phosphorus; the most important nutrient during flowering. Along with providing phosphorus, Tiger Bloom also sustains healthy plant and flower production by supplying a lower but steadily available supply of Nitrogen and Potassium(Potash). Having all the macro-nutrients covered, Tiger Bloom goes above and beyond by also supplying micro-nutrients. Magnesium, Boron, copper, Iron, Manganese and Zinc are all delivered in trace amounts to ensure that no nutritional deficiencies develop. Overall, the available nutrients in Tiger Bloom are well balanced and work efficiently to maintain lush growth.
A Drawback to Some:
Although some of the nutrients are naturally derived, gardeners should be aware that this is not an organic product. Foxfarm does carry a variety of organic products, but this is not one of them. If you're looking to stick to an organic garden, you might want to try using FoxFarm's Big Bloom instead of the Tiger Bloom. On the other hand, if you're okay with using synthetic fertilizers, then there really is no drawback at all.
It all started a few winters ago when I decided to setup my first indoor garden. I went to the local garden store and bought a couple bags of the organic Ocean Forest soil and decided to pickup the nutrients to go along with it. Following the directions of use and maintaining a strict light and watering regimen, I was able to successfully grow a variety of flowering vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, peppers and several varieties of squash. Each variety of plant responded very positively to the Tiger Bloom. Throughout the entirety of the first winter's garden, my plants remained lush and full of blooms. While my plants stayed healthy and green, it was sometimes necessary to cut back a little on the usage of the potent Tiger Bloom to keep leaves from getting nutrient burn.
My Standing on Tiger Bloom:
Since my early gardening days, I've moved past purchasing commercial fertilizers and onto organic composting. New techniques that are more sustainable eliminate my need to purchase Tiger Bloom, but I'll still be one of the first to say that it is a great product. It was always easy to use and very effective for large blooms. The future most likely doesn't include the usage of Tiger Bloom in my gardens due to the fact that it isn't true Organic. So overall, I won't be using it, but I highly recommend it! Make Sense? Great!
For the sake of efficiency, I've included an annotated scorecard for the Tiger Bloom product. Scores are on a 1-10 scale with one being the worst and 10 the best.
|Criteria -||Score -|
Ease of Use & Plant Friendliness
Price & Longevity of Nutrients
Natural and Organic
Plant Growth & Production
Hydroponic & Soil Friendly
Residual Taste in Final Product
No (If properly flushed)
Higzy on March 14, 2012:
Makes perfect sense to me -- I get what you're saying as I too am someone who MUCH prefers to go as organic as possible. Even though it is my preferred method, I see nothing wrong with having a secondary option readily available which can provide me with an option for quick and easy results when it is most needed.
Well written article - it answered a lot of my questions re: Tiger Bloom.
Thank you for posting.