Fertilizing Joe Pye Weed

Plants need a nutritional boost to grow and thrive; fertilizing is how you support plants and give them the nutrients they need. Amending the soil with manure or organic compost when planting and applying a layer of organic mulch supports growth, but you can take things a step further by fertilizing Joe Pye Weed. Joe Pye Weed is native to North America, so it is not a heavy feeder, but fertilizing does help, especially if your plant is in low-quality or depleted soil.


How to Fertilize Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed is adaptable and grows well with a soil pH between 5.0 - 8.0. Test the soil to make sure the pH falls within this range (it likely will) and identify if the soil is deficient in any nutrients. Water Joe Pye Weed before applying fertilizer to reduce the risk of fertilizer burn and to allow the roots to absorb the nutrients better.

Best Time To Fertilize Joe Pye Weed

Feed Joe Pye Weed in the spring when new growth appears. An early spring feeding helps the plant push out new growth. Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous perennial and pushes out a lot of growth in a short time. Follow up with a second dose during mid-summer to carry the plant through the rest of the growing season. 

Best Fertilizer For Joe Pye Weed

Feed Joe Pye Weed using a slow-release fertilizer that will continue to provide support throughout the growing season. Use a balanced fertilizer or a product intended for flowering perennials. Avoid fertilizers high in nitrogen, which will promote lush foliage growth at the expense of flowers.

Joe Pye Weed Fertilizing Tips

  • Fertilize Joe Pye Weed in the spring and midsummer
  • Water the plant before applying fertilizer to avoid fertilizer burn
  • Use a slow-release fertilizer
  • Select a balanced fertilizer or a product for flowering plants


-Always wear protective gloves and a face mask when handling chemical fertilizers.

-Closely follow all directions and storage guidelines that are on the fertilizer label.


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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 06-30-2023