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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 PalmEverything 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).

Disclosure Statement
Central Garden & Pet partnered with bloggers such as me to help educate us all about their products. As part of this program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the use of the products. Central Garden & Pet believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Central Garden & Pet’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. A winner will be chosen by random and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.

99 Comments
  • Bryan E. - May 22, 2013

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

  • Beverly Metcalf - May 22, 2013

    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.

  • Thomas Murphy - May 22, 2013

    my lawn could use it

  • angela cisco - May 22, 2013

    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.

  • Sandra Travis - May 22, 2013

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

  • David Haug - May 22, 2013

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

  • Terry Cross - May 22, 2013

    My roses could use this

  • Sherry Conrad - May 22, 2013

    Probably all of the veggies would benefit.

  • susan smoaks - May 22, 2013

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

  • Patrice - May 22, 2013

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

  • Karla - May 22, 2013

    My tomato plants could really use fish fertilizer.

  • Sarah L - May 21, 2013

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

  • tim - May 21, 2013

    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.

  • Jimmy - May 21, 2013

    The grass could use it

  • Sonya - May 21, 2013

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

  • Vikki Billings - May 21, 2013

    I would use it on my flowers!

  • Sand - May 21, 2013

    My roses and herbs.

  • Stacy N - May 21, 2013

    My whole veggie garden would love some fish fertilizer.

  • Samii Meyer - May 21, 2013

    I think this would be good for the rose bushes

  • Gaye M - May 21, 2013

    My hostas would like this.

  • Lisa Garner - May 21, 2013

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

  • Jennifer - May 21, 2013

    My holly bushes could use it.

  • John Hutchens - May 21, 2013

    my roses could use it

  • Crystal F - May 21, 2013

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

  • Jayden H. - May 21, 2013

    I use this and love it!!

  • Geoff K - May 21, 2013

    Our roses and herb garden could use the help!

  • Susan Smith - May 21, 2013

  • Susan Smith - May 21, 2013

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

  • Crystal W - May 21, 2013

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

  • Starr Greenwell - May 21, 2013

    My flower boxes could really use it.

  • Rebecca Peters - May 21, 2013

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

  • Rosey - May 21, 2013

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

  • K. Cleaver - May 21, 2013

    I have some ornamental grass that would benefit from it.

  • Ronald winfrey - May 21, 2013

    good stuff.

  • Shannon - May 21, 2013

    My tomato plants could really use this!

  • joseph gersch jr - May 21, 2013

    i would use this on my peppers

  • Deb S - May 20, 2013

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

  • Christine - May 20, 2013

    My herbs could use

  • Daniel M - May 20, 2013

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

  • Deb C - May 20, 2013

    I could use this on my tomato plants.

  • robyn paris - May 19, 2013

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

  • Robin - May 19, 2013

    Probably my tomato plants could use it

  • joni - May 19, 2013

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

  • Holly C. - May 18, 2013

    I already use it and love it!

  • Amanda Sakovitz - May 18, 2013

  • Jessica To - May 18, 2013

    I would like to try this in my flower garden.

  • rebecca shockley - May 18, 2013

  • Jessie C. - May 17, 2013

    Our veggie garden would benefit from this!

  • Tian A. - May 17, 2013

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

  • Kiara - May 17, 2013

    We already use it and really like it.

  • Jill H - May 17, 2013

    My azalea bushes

  • janice - May 17, 2013

    My rose bushes could use it.

  • Sonya Morris - May 16, 2013

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

  • Michelle C - May 15, 2013

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

  • Jennie Sanderson - May 13, 2013

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

  • soha molina - May 13, 2013

    My Jasmine could use it.

  • Livivua Chandler - May 13, 2013

    maybe try it on my ferns

  • Katie Lee - May 13, 2013

    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: fogroff.com

  • meredith - May 13, 2013

    I have some grasses that might benefit!

  • Ashley - May 13, 2013

    My azalea bushes

  • Sarah Hirsch - May 13, 2013

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

  • Kim D. - May 12, 2013

    My roses

  • Courtnie - May 12, 2013

    I could use it for orchids!

  • Ellen B - May 11, 2013

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

  • Barbara Montag - May 11, 2013

    Our clematis could sure use this fertilizer – thank you!

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  • Amanda Sakovitz - May 11, 2013

    my yellow roses!

  • Mary Casper - May 11, 2013

    my roses and my glads

  • Stacey B - May 10, 2013

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  • mickeyfan - May 10, 2013

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

  • courtney b - May 10, 2013

    our roses!

  • amy pugmire - May 9, 2013

    our plants in the front yard would really benefit from this

  • Rebecca Graham - May 9, 2013

    My grass could use this.

  • Suzanne K - May 9, 2013

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

  • Nancy - May 9, 2013

    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.

  • Ashley Tucker - May 9, 2013

    My shrubs in front yard could use it!

  • Jennifer Marie - May 9, 2013

    My shrubs could use it!

  • Laura Jacobson - May 9, 2013

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

  • laura - May 9, 2013

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

  • elizabeth - May 9, 2013

    evvery thing in my yard could use a little help!

  • eileen d - May 9, 2013

    My Gardenias sure could use some help.

  • stephanie - May 9, 2013

    we use it

  • Ellie W - May 9, 2013

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

  • Elena - May 9, 2013

    We already use it and like it

  • Mary Beth Elderton - May 9, 2013

    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.

  • rebecca shockley - May 9, 2013

    Our poor lawn would really benefit from this!

  • Mary Happymommy - May 9, 2013

    My grass could benefit from fish fertilizer.

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  • Ann Fantom - May 9, 2013

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  • Ann Fantom - May 9, 2013

    I have ornamental grass that would benefit from fish fertilizer

  • Cynthia C - May 9, 2013

    My herbs could use some fish fertilizer.

  • Stephanie Larison - May 9, 2013

    Already use it and we love it!

  • nickie - May 8, 2013

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

  • Margaret Smith - May 8, 2013

    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.

  • Katie K - May 8, 2013

    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!

  • Kristen M. - May 8, 2013

    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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