Fertilizing in winter
Just finished reading the thread by shiver on fertilizing plants when in bloom and some of the related topics discussed prompted me to post this thread; please forgive me if I am repeating information from previous posts, or if the discussion deteriorates as shiver's thread did.
That being said, I am interested because two weeks ago, I considered whether or not my plants would need at least some nutrients to get them through to spring and decided to weakly fertilize. I used 1/8 the recommended dose of fish emulsion on all plants, and plan to do so again next month, or perhaps in 6 weeks. I know Al fertilizes each time, so I am hoping for the best, and would be interested to know what others think of my regime, either pro or con. It seems to me that a plant, even if dormant, would need some nutrients just to maintain its overall health, but I don't know enough about the technical aspects to determine this. I have a philo, three sheff's and a dieff, as well as several others that are putting out new leaves (before the recent fertilizing) - or am I completely off base and this no fertilizing in winter only applies to plants with flowers?
Hope I am being clear and not too much of a newbie, I've been keeping houseplants for about three years, so in comparision with those of you here who have been keeping plants for many years, I am still a novice. Thanks for any thoughts...