Definition - What does Processed Fertilizer mean?
A processed fertilizer can be manufactured, or it can be derived from natural materials. In both cases, processed fertilizer is processed through industrial methods to ensure that nutrients and minerals are more accessible to plants.
MaximumYield explains Processed Fertilizer
Fertilizer is pretty much a necessity when it comes to plant growth. Whether your soil is suffering from a lack of potassium, calcium, lime, or something else, you’ll need to amend it with fertilizer to ensure healthy, strong growth for your plants. Processed fertilizer is one of the most widely available options, and it can offer quite a few benefits.
Processed fertilizer can be manufactured, or it can be derived from natural products, such as rocks and organic material. In all instances, the original material is industrially processed to ensure that the minerals and nutrients are more fully available to plants than in its original state.
For instance, lime is one of the most commonly added garden nutrients. Lime is obtained from limestone in most cases, but throwing chunks of limestone into your garden will do only so much good. Instead, processed fertilizer uses crushed limestone to ensure maximum availability to plants. If you’ve ever applied 10-10-10 to your garden, you’ve used this type of fertilizer before.
Natural fertilizers are different – they are not fully available to plants without further breakdown. Manure is perhaps the best example of this. While containing lots of nutrients and minerals, manure must be broken down by microbes. Once this occurs, the nutrients and minerals will be available to plants through the soil.
Of course, the process takes more time than if processed fertilizer were used.
Other examples of organic fertilizer include things like blood meal, eggshells, fish waste, and rock phosphate – all of these substances will take longer to have an effect on plants than if processed fertilizer was used.