When you buy a bag of fertilizer, it usually has a set of numbers that look something like this; '10-5-15' or '10-10-10'.
These numbers represent the levels of major nutrients contained in the fertilizer represented as 'N-P-K' or 'Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium'.
Nitrogen (N) percentage is the first number. This is a primary nutrient that makes the plant grow.
Phosphorus (P) percentage is the middle number. This is a primary nutrient that encourages rooting, blooming and fruit production.
Potassium (K) percentage is the last number on the bag. Potassium helps plants to resist disease and aids in hardiness.
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