Feeding Plants

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by Stone Cross Garden Centre No Comments
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FEEDING PLANTS

Giving plants the right levels of nutrition helps them to grow and increase their yield of fruit and flowers.

 

WHICH PLANTS REQUIRE FEED

Plants grown in pots need regular feeding as they are restricted to the contents of the pot. Plants in borders have more soil and resources in which to find nutrients. The nutrients in the soil will vary. Chalky soils tend to be lower in nutrients than clay soils. Other factors such as acidity, drought or waterlogging will also restrict plants ability to access or use nutrients. Sometimes correcting these factors will be more effective than feeding.

 

Most plants generally require feeding in spring and summer. However, others such as citrus, fruit, vegetables and bedding require far more regular feeding. In addition, if plants are showing signs of deficiency or are low in yield then remedial feeding may also be required.

 

Listed below are our suggestions of composts and root enhancers to use when planting specific plants. It then lists our suggestions of fertilisers to use there after too. In addition you may wish to add mulch in spring too. This will not only add nutrients to the soil but can also help prevent weeds. For this purpose you can use your own homemade compost, the compost suggested, Fine Composted Bark or Blended Farmyard Manure.

 

Our Suggestions of Composts and Feeds for Specific Plants
Plant Compost Rooting Feeding
Ericaceous Area      
Pieris J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Rootmore Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Azalea J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Ericoid or Bonemeal Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Camellia J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Rootmore Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Heathers J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Ericoid or Bonemeal Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Rhododendron J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Ericoid or Bonemeal Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Rose Area      
All Roses Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Toprose
Perennials Area      
All Perennials Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Flowering Seeds John Innes Seed Not Needed Prick on then above
Ferns Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Shrub & Specimen Area      
All Shrubs except below Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Hydrangea – White, Red Flower Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Hydrangea Blue Flower J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Rootmore Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Magnolia J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Rootmore Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Syringa Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Box (Buxus) Plants Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Buxus Feed or Vitax Liquid Seaweed
Conifers (eg Juniper, Taxus) Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Hedging Plants      
All Hedging Plants Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Bamboo Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Bedding Plants      
All Bedding Plants Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Not Needed Phostrogen
Flowering Seeds John Innes Seed Not Needed Prick on then above
Hanging Baskets Miracle Gro Moisture Comtrol Rootmore Phostrogen
Trees      
Ornamental Trees Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Fruit Trees Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Tree Fern John Innes Ericaceous & Potting Grit Not Needed Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Palm Trees Multi-Purpose with added JI & Potting Grit Rootmore Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Edible Plants      
Soft Fruit except below SylvaGrow Multi-Purpose Rootmore Toprose
Raspberry John Innes Ericaceous Compost Rootmore & Bonemeal Toprose
Blueberry J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost Ericoid or Bonemeal Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Grapevine SylvaGrow Multi-Purpose Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Herbs Vitax Q4 Multi-Purpose Rootmore Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Vegetables (eg. Tomato) Vitax Q4 Multi-Purpose Not Needed Tomorite
Vegetable Seeds Vitax Q4 Multi-Purpose or John Innes Seed Not Needed Prick on then above
Citrus Small Plants Citrus Compost Rootmore Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Citrus Large Plants Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Miracle Gro All-Purpose (Green Box)
Climbing Plants      
All Climbers except below Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Clematis Westland Multi-Purpose with added John Innes Rootmore Vitax Q4 Fertiliser (Yellow Box)
Trachelospermum John Innes Ericaceous Compost Rootmore Miracle Gro (Pink Lids or Boxes)
Alpine Plants      
All Alpines except below Vitax Q4 Multi-Purpose & Potting Grit Rootmore Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Lithodora John Innes Ericaceous Compost Rootmore Vitax Liquid Seaweed with Iron
Houseplants      
All houseplants except below Houseplant Compost or Vitax Q4 M/P Rootmore Baby Bio
Cacti Cacti Compost Not Needed Cactus Plant Food
Orchid Orchid Compost Not Needed Vitax Orchid Drip Feeder
Houseplant Seeds John Innes Seed Not Needed Prick on then above
African Violet John Innes No 2 Not Needed Baby Bio
Money Plants (Crassula) John Innes No 3 & Potting Grit Not Needed Baby Bio
For Organic & Peat Free Gardeners      
All Plants except for those New Horizon Peat Free Organic Rootmore & Bonemeal Organic Farmyard Manure
above recommending     Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed
Ericaceous Compost      
All Plants above recommending New Horizon Peat Free Organic Rootmore & Bonemeal Organic Farmyard Manure
ericaceous compost     Vitax Liquid Seaweed with Iron
For All Cuttings      
All Cuttings John Innes Seed Hormone Rooting Prick on. Then same as larger plant
In addition mulching of all plants (except veg) in spring with Organic Farmyard Manure will suppress weeds and feed plants too.