Fish Fertilizer 101: Why And How To Use It (Plus $100 Giveaway)

Fish Fertilizer 101: Why and How to Use It

I’m working with Central Garden and Pet on a sponsored campaign (full disclosure below) about gardening products that I already use. About 3 years ago, I started regularly applying Alaska Fish Fertilizer to my yard on the advice of Barrels and Branches, a fantastic nursery in Encinitas. My plants were looking sluggish to the point where I was considering a pricey yard overhaul. After one application of fish fertilizer, my ginger plants started flowering again and things started perking up drastically.

9 Reasons To Use Fish Emulsion, Like Alaska Fish Fertilizer

  1. It’s an organic, liquid fertilizer that is safe to use around pets and kids.
  2. Fish emulsion is derived from unused fish parts that would otherwise be wasted, therefore, it’s eco-friendly.
  3. Fish emulsion can stink but deodorized versions, like Alaska, are available.
  4. It’s an all-purpose fertilizer that can be used on both outdoor and indoor house plants.
  5. Fish emulsion is mild and tends not to burn plants.
  6. An essential building block for healthy soil, naturally occurring soil microbes thrive and work their best in soil rich in organic matter.
  7. It’s easy to spray on your yard using a hose attachment.
  8. It works. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and you can check the reviews and ratings at online retailers like Home Depot.
  9. A gallon is only $12.88 at Home Depot.

How To Use Alaska Fish Fertilizer 5-1-1

It’s very easy. All you need is either a watering can or a hose with a dial and spray attachment. The amount of fish fertilizer to measure per gallon or quart of water is on the back of the Alaska Fish Fertilizer jug.  I have the Alaska dial and spray attachment so follow the directions on it. Apply to the area you would like to cover.

In my experience, it’s hard to overdose on this product so I do just “guess” on occasion. When I’m using the hose, I make sure the soil is sufficiently moist, but avoid puddling.

In a perfect world, I’d apply it once a month but realistically it’s once a quarter at the very most. Due to being extraordinarily busy over the last year, it has been 6 months between applications and things aren’t looking nearly as good as they should around here.

Plants That Always Improve

Alaska Fish Fertilizer Lady Palm Everything does seem to perk up a few weeks to a month after an application but these are the plants that seem to benefit the most:

  • Lady Palms (the fan palm above)
  • Orchids
  • Ginger
  • Canna
  • Ornamental Grasses

Give Alaska Fish Fertilizer a try!

$100 American Express Gift Card Giveaway

Summer is right around the corner which means it’s time to get your outdoor living space in order. To help spread the word about Alaska products, Central Garden and Pet is going to give one La Jolla Mom reader a $100 American Express gift card.

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Entrants must be residents of the USA and 18+ years old to enter. This giveaway ends on May 22 at 9:00pm PST. Good luck and happy gardening! When you’re done here, one reader will win a $100 Amazon gift card (opens in a new tab so you don’t loose your place here) for having a look at a new photo sharing site (good odds here).

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  1. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…we have been using Fish emulsion type fertilizers for years !

  2. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like your plants like it. I think my lillies could use some of this fertilizer this spring, they aren’t doing very good this year for some reason. Thanks for having this contest.

  3. Thomas Murphy says:

    my lawn could use it

  4. angela cisco says:

    I haven’t started planting anything this year that could use this and I’m not sure if anything that we have would really benefit.

  5. Sandra Travis says:

    I think I’ll give this a try. I have several outdoor plants.

  6. David Haug says:

    we have mostly iceplant, so i would use it on that,

  7. Terry Cross says:

    My roses could use this

  8. Sherry Conrad says:

    Probably all of the veggies would benefit.

  9. susan smoaks says:

    No, I do not already use it. I think that our gardenia plants could benefit from it and our aloe too!

  10. I would use it on my tomato and pepper plants as well as on my shrubs and flowering plants.

  11. My tomato plants could really use fish fertilizer.

  12. I would use it if I had a garden or a lawn.
    Thanks for the contest.

  13. First: Adorable dog, I have one that looks just like him.
    Second: I have peonies in the front that could use a pick me up.

  14. The grass could use it

  15. All of my plants could use it! They’re struggling.

  16. Vikki Billings says:

    I would use it on my flowers!

  17. My roses and herbs.

  18. My whole veggie garden would love some fish fertilizer.

  19. Samii Meyer says:

    I think this would be good for the rose bushes

  20. My hostas would like this.

  21. Lisa Garner says:

    I think this would be a big help for my tomato plants.

  22. Jennifer says:

    My holly bushes could use it.

  23. John Hutchens says:

    my roses could use it

  24. Crystal F says:

    I have a plant that my daughter started for my for Mother’s Day that I could use it on. Thank you!

  25. Jayden H. says:

    I use this and love it!!

  26. Our roses and herb garden could use the help!

  27. Susan Smith says:
  28. Susan Smith says:

    I never tried it before but I would love to try for it for my roses.

  29. Crystal W says:

    I have some wonderful orange canna lilies in yard that would look even better with the fertilizer!

  30. Starr Greenwell says:

    My flower boxes could really use it.

  31. Rebecca Peters says:

    All hte plants that are planted around my house could use this

  32. I think it would be great for the snap dragons and the aloe.

  33. K. Cleaver says:

    I have some ornamental grass that would benefit from it.

  34. Ronald winfrey says:

    good stuff.

  35. My tomato plants could really use this!

  36. joseph gersch jr says:

    i would use this on my peppers

  37. I don’t currently use it but I have lots of plants like my Iris’ that may benefit from it.

  38. Christine says:

    My herbs could use

  39. Daniel M says:

    never heard of it, will it help grass, sill have some bare spost

  40. I could use this on my tomato plants.

  41. robyn paris says:

    i have used this exact brand in the past for my plants

  42. Probably my tomato plants could use it

  43. Never tried this or even heard of it. I’m sure all my flowering shrubs could use it.

  44. Holly C. says:

    I already use it and love it!

  45. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  46. Jessica To says:

    I would like to try this in my flower garden.

  47. rebecca shockley says:
  48. Sonya Morris says:
  49. Jessie C. says:

    Our veggie garden would benefit from this!

  50. I never tried it before but I would love to try for my rose, thank you.

  51. We already use it and really like it.

  52. My azalea bushes

  53. My rose bushes could use it.

  54. Sonya Morris says:

    I have never used fish fertilizer but I think it would work great in our flower garden.

  55. Michelle C says:

    I would like to try this on my tomato plants. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  56. Jennie Sanderson says:

    I don’t have a huge yard but some of my potted plants could use a little fertilizer

  57. soha molina says:

    My Jasmine could use it.

  58. Livivua Chandler says:

    maybe try it on my ferns

  59. Katie Lee says:

    I love fish fertilizer for my garden. I don’t use emulsion’s though because they destroy all of the nutrients that the fish have. If you get a good hydrolyzed fish fertilizer all the nutrients will benefit your soil and keep your garden green for years. My most recent favorite brand is Fogroff because its not an emulsion and they only use invasive species of fish in their mixes so it helps protect our natural eco-system. I get to grow green while being green! I think their website is:

  60. meredith says:

    I have some grasses that might benefit!

  61. My azalea bushes

  62. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i have various plants in my yard, i don’t know what kind they are, that could benefit from this!

  63. My roses

  64. Monique Rizzo says:
  65. Courtnie says:

    I could use it for orchids!

  66. I have some flowers in the front yard that could use it

  67. Barbara Montag says:

    Our clematis could sure use this fertilizer – thank you!

  68. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    my yellow roses!

  69. Mary Casper says:

    my roses and my glads

  70. Stacey B says:

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  71. mickeyfan says:

    I have used it for several years on my outdoor pots and indoor plants.

  72. courtney b says:

    our roses!

  73. amy pugmire says:

    our plants in the front yard would really benefit from this

  74. Rebecca Graham says:

    My grass could use this.

  75. Suzanne K says:

    My blackberry canes, blueberry bushes and orange trees are looking sad!

  76. My shrubs could use it. I see they sell a product for budding and blooming that I would love to try on flower beds and see how they do.

  77. Ashley Tucker says:

    My shrubs in front yard could use it!

  78. Jennifer Marie says:

    My shrubs could use it!

  79. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh My cannas would really benefit from it! I have quite a few in the backyard..they are just my favorites!

  80. I would use it on all of my indoor plants, and probably everything outside ;)

  81. elizabeth says:

    evvery thing in my yard could use a little help!

  82. eileen d says:

    My Gardenias sure could use some help.

  83. stephanie says:

    we use it

  84. Ellie W says:

    My half dead front lawn could benefit from this. I will have to check it out.

  85. We already use it and like it

  86. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I’ve never used Fish Fertilizer. We have justmoved into a new(older) home,and I am just about ready to do the outside flower beds. I will probably plant shrubs in the front–not completely sure.

  87. rebecca shockley says:

    Our poor lawn would really benefit from this!

  88. Mary Happymommy says:

    My grass could benefit from fish fertilizer.

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  89. Ann Fantom says:

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  90. Ann Fantom says:

    I have ornamental grass that would benefit from fish fertilizer

  91. Cynthia C says:

    My herbs could use some fish fertilizer.

  92. Stephanie Larison says:

    Already use it and we love it!

  93. I’ve never heard of this before, but would like to try it.

  94. Margaret Smith says:

    I’ve never heard of this before, but after reading your review, I’m going to pick it up this weekend. All our plants can use some help. Sounds so easy to use too.

  95. Katie K says:

    I already use it a lot (have a HUGE front and back yard garden) and could always use more since it’s pretty expensive!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway and sharing your plant pics – I always love some good garden inspiration!

  96. Kristen M. says:

    I’m growing ginger for the first time and didn’t know that fish fertilizer was recommended. We used fish fertilizer in our garden last year but haven’t done so this year. I think we just forgot!

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