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Low Risk

Also known as:

garden fertilizer Jobe’s® lawn food Miracle-Gro® Osmocote® plant food plant food spikes Scotts® turf builder

Possible Symptoms
  • Mouth and throat irritation
  • stomach irritation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • skin irritation
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Rinse any exposed skin with lukewarm water and soap.
  4. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.


Some fertilizers also contain a weed killer (herbicide) or a bug killer (insecticide) which can cause more serious symptoms. It is important to call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if there are any added ingredients to the fertilizer.

Additional Information

However, if the situation involves an exposure to a fertilizer that also contains a weed killer (herbicide) or bug killer (insecticide), these added ingredients can cause serious symptoms.  Play it safe and immediately call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

A common call to our specialists involves the blue crystal fertilizer that requires mixing with water.  Often a person will put the mixture in a pitcher where it appears to be a flavored drink.  Other calls involve children who see the blue crystals that spill over onto the sidewalk and driveway and dip a finger into the product like candy and eat it.

Most exposures to fertilizers such as these cause only mild irritation to the skin or stomach upset.   If you find your child eating fertilizer, do not panic.  Take the fertilizer away from your child, wash off their hands and face, wipe out the mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.

If the fertilizer gets into the eyes, call the Missouri Poison Center now for help on how to rinse the eyes. If problems start or you have questions, call right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions, too.

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Emergencies don’t wait for you, so you shouldn’t have to wait to call for help. Get the Missouri Poison Center app with poison information and a link to the Poison Help Line. It is just a click away during the most stressful moments. Our registered nurses and pharmacists are here 24/7/365 days a year to help guide you through poison exposures and overdose emergencies.

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